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The Directors of Highway Retail must honour their Commitments to Workers – O’Brien

5 November, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

 After speaking with the workers staging a sit-in in Cork today, Jonathan O’Brien Sinn Féin TD has branded the treatment of the workers in Ballyvolane, Cork as unacceptable and has criticised management of highway Retail for disregarding  the workers basic rights. The workers were not informed of the store closure and were not given their outstanding wages or other entitlements.

 Deputy O’Brien said:

 “In the Dáil tomorrow I am going to ask that the Minister for Jobs to intervene in this case and to ensure that the legislation in place specifically to avoid such situations is enacted fully and that these workers are afforded all entitlements and salary. Should that fail, I will raise the issue in the Dáil chamber to highlight that these cases are still appearing despite so many similar crises in the past number of years. Also I, along with SF Cllr. Thomas Gould of Cork City Council, will also be making approaches to the directorate of Highway Retail to stand up for these workers and give them the best representation we can."

“It is incredible that four years on from the Vita Cortex situation in Cork that we are faced once again with this complete negligence when it comes to the responsibilities of employers. Sinn Féin and I stand behind these workers and will do so until Highway Retail take responsibility for their actions and behaviour and resolve this crisis.”

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