Staff stage sit-in after three pubs close down
Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30
SOME 40 staff at a pub which hosted one of U2's earliest concerts in 1980 were told in a phone call they'd lost their jobs.
Three family-owned Waterford city pubs – the Showboat, Mansion House and Halfway House – closed on Monday.
The Showboat's manager, Sean Windle, said he learned that the business was closing in a phone call on the way to work.
Mr Windle said: "At around 7pm I got a call from the management, telling me the banks were taking over the pubs in the morning."
He said staff at the pub closed the doors a few minutes later, and 15 employees staged a sit-in.
Yesterday morning Showboat staff met with receivers, where they began statutory redundancy payment talks, before continuing a sit-in last night.
Mr Windle said staff were "devastated" at the job losses.
"It's devastating for Waterford. It's kind of the forgotten city at the moment. This just makes it worse again, with three more pubs gone. It's really letting the south east down."
Councillor Sean Reinhardt condemned the immediate closures, saying pub staff in Waterford "don't even have their job security from hour to hour, never mind week to week. There is absolutely zero notice given when these pubs close".
The closures are the latest in a city with almost 19pc unemployment.
Calls made to the receivers by the Irish Independent went unanswered last night.