Tuesday 25 July 2017

Hauliers to protest over €500,000 owed in wages

Stephen Dunne

A group of self-employed hauliers owed more than €500,000 in unpaid wages are to protest today at the head offices of a major Irish civil engineering firm, which went into receivership last month.

The men, who are all independent, small-scale truck drivers, have worked with SM Morris, the Co Wicklow-based road-building firm, for varying amounts of time and are individually owed between €10,000 and €126,000.

Shane McCarthy of KPMG was appointed receiver last month to the company, which owes more than €20m to secured and unsecured creditors after a drop-off in building projects as the construction industry nosedived after 2007.

The hauliers said they were angry because the company was continuing to trade while in receivership but still hadn't paid what was owed to the group.

They will picket the company's offices in Kilpedder in Wicklow from 8 this morning and have said they will escalate their action until they are paid.

Spokesman for the group Eddie Colfer said the workers were in severe financial difficulty over the unpaid money.

"One man is a grandfather and he is now looking at having to emigrate to get work," Mr Colfer said.

The receivers could not be contacted for comment.

Irish Independent

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