Tuesday 27 September 2016

Clerys workers’ treatment was 'grossly insensitive and appalling' – Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Published 16/06/2015 | 16:29

Tuesday 16 June 2015. Clerys protest.
Tuesday 16 June 2015. Clerys protest.
Tuesday 16 June 2015. Clerys protest.
Tuesday 16 June 2015. Clerys protest.
Tuesday 16 June 2015. Clerys protest.

THE Taoiseach has said workers at Clerys had been given treatment which “was grossly insensitive and appalling”.

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Mr Kenny told the Dáil that the workforce would be met by officials from the Social Protection Department to advise them of all entitlements and options such as re-training and job seeking.

Read more here: Clerys concession holders to get stock back from liquidator  

The Taoiseach also promised that the workers, who were abruptly let go last Friday as the iconic Dublin was liquidated by High Court order, will not suffer any delay in getting welfare payments.

Read more here: ‘Clerys, Clerys you’re no good, treat your workers like you should’ – protesters  

Mr Kenny faced questions from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Fein who roundly condemned the previous owners of the business for their treatment of staff, some of whom gave decades of service to Clerys.

Tuesday 16 June 2015. Clerys protest.
Tuesday 16 June 2015. Clerys protest.
Tuesday 16 June 2015. Clerys protest.
Anna Zmilowska, Giedre Piliutyte, Tara Murphy, Fiona and Emer McDonagh at the Clerys protest.
Keith Doran, Finglas, Yvonne Wolfe, Bray, and Joseph McCarthy, Raheny, at the Clerys protest.
The protest which took place outside Clerys from midday today.

“We are witnessing the worst example of vulture capitalism in Ireland,” Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin told the Dail.

Mr Martin said his party would cooperate in reviewing and changing industrial relations and employment law to help prevent such a thing happening again. He said many people in the retail sector especially had been swiftly made redundant in recent times.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said the workers at Clerys experienced similar treatment to that meted out to many others.

The Taoiseach said Junior Employment Minister, Ged Nash, was preparing a report to Cabinet on the issue. He said he believed that current legislation was “tried and trusted” and what shocked people was the total lack of sensitivity with which the owners acted.

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