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Sunday 28 May 2017

New Clerys owners offer 'fair conditions' to staff

OCS Director Deirdre Foley
OCS Director Deirdre Foley

Ryan Nugent

The controversial new owners of Clerys have pledged fair working conditions for 1,500 staff in their new development less than 18 months after employees at the department store lost their jobs without notice.

OCS Properties, who are developing a retail outlet with a hotel and bar, listed 17 'fair working conditions' including notice, pensions and redundancy in new documents submitted to Dublin City Council.

In the document, OCS says it will "commit to complying with all statutory and contractual obligations with respect to any of its direct employees".

Some 130 staff working directly for Clerys were given no notice of their redundancy when the shop closed its doors in June 2015.

Of these employees, 130 directly employed by Clerys only received statutory redundancy.

Separately there were 330 people working for concession holders within the iconic department store at the time.

The news of fair conditions has led former employee, Gerry Markey (54) - who worked directly for Clerys - to question OCS Director, Deirdre Foley.

"Now she's saying that this is what she is going to do in the future. It's a question of whether you believe her," he said.

"I wouldn't believe her. We've never met the woman. We've asked several times for her to meet with us and discuss what went on and why she had to get rid of us the way she did."

The company has also insisted that they will create jobs for people living in the local community.

In total they expect 1,450 direct jobs to be created - 1,000 in retail and 500 office - with a further 1,467 indirect and induced positions.

A Clerys spokesman said: "As the developer of the building it's expected that OCS will not be employing people directly but will instead bring in a number of retailers and restaurateurs who will employ staff."

Irish Independent

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