KPMG to pay out as La Senza staff sit-in gets result
Published 14/01/2012 | 05:00
LA Senza workers who barricaded themselves inside their closed-down shop all week to demand back-wages were hailed as heroes for their stand last night.
The sit-in by workers was called off after administrators KPMG agreed to pay the workers all the back-money they were due.
The Mandate Trade Union said that the staff's sit-in protest at the now-defunct lingerie chain's outlet in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre was a success.
"Mandate Trade Union received a letter from La Senza's administrators KPMG. At a meeting after 5pm, the contents of this letter were communicated to the La Senza workers and they were satisfied with what KPMG had to say and then decided to end their sit-in," Mandate's divisional organiser Michael Meegan said.
It's understood that more than 100 staff will be paid their full entitlements, believed to be up to €800 each, after they barricaded themselves inside the shop for four nights after the chain went into administration on Monday.
All workers at the company's eight Irish stores and concessions lost their jobs amid fears that they wouldn't be paid wages and overtime owed since Christmas.
Last night, Fine Gael TD Derek Keating (Dublin Mid West) said the staff were treated in a "deplorable manner".
"I am over the moon that the whole sorry situation, whereby the staff at La Senza were being denied what was rightfully theirs, has been brought to a close," he said.
"Only just today, I had organised a delivery of beds to be brought to the store so that the staff could have some level of comfort during the sit-in. I am delighted that they will now not be needed."
He praised their determination, resilience and integrit, which made headlines around the world.