Thursday 29 September 2016

Clerys workers haven't met new owners since closure

Published 19/09/2015 | 02:30

Former Clerys staff and supporters at the 'Justice for Clerys Workers' protest outside the shop on O'Connell Street Photo: Steve Humphreys
Former Clerys staff and supporters at the 'Justice for Clerys Workers' protest outside the shop on O'Connell Street Photo: Steve Humphreys

Former Clerys employees are seeking a meeting with the department store's owners, saying they have heard nothing from them since it closed 15 weeks ago.

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Protesting outside the O'Connell Street premises yesterday, workers highlighted the difference in treatment received by Boyers and Co staff when that store announced it would cease trading at the end of this year.

It is expected that the liquidation of Clerys could cost the taxpayer €2.5m in redundancy payments for the 460 people who lost their jobs.

The Dublin retailer was shut down suddenly in June, after it was sold to Natrium by Boston-based Gordon Brothers. The store was then put into liquidation amid big losses.

Staff were given no notice that they would lose their jobs when the shop was shuttered.

So far, former workers have received a statutory redundancy payment, two weeks' wages and holiday pay.

Margaret O'Dea, from Clontarf, who worked in Clerys for 44 years, said the protest was a call on the owners to face their former employees.

"We've heard nothing from Natrium, the owners, and even from Gordon Brothers we've heard nothing," she said.

Irish Independent

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