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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Worried HMV workers stage sit-in to secure promised wages

David Raleigh

Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00

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HMV staff Gary Healy, Robyn Long, Michelle Hennigar, Emer Graham, Dervla Peters and Dan Collopy during their sit-in protest at the HMV store in Cruise’s Street, Limerick

STAFF at two HMV outlets in Limerick staged sit-in protests in a desperate attempt to get wages owed to them by the company.

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Around 30 workers at outlets on Cruise's Street in the city centre and at the Crescent Shopping Centre refused to give the company back keys to the stores after hearing they would not be paid for work already carried out.

Two of the 14 staff members at the company's Cruise's Street store have fared worse than their co-workers.

Michelle Hennigar (27) and Gary Healy (32), a couple who are renting a house together, have been working at HMV for the past eight years. Ms Hennigar broke down in tears last night as she told how the couple will now struggle to pay their rent and meet their bills.

"We were told today we were let go. No assurances on our wages. So, we are in the dark completely. We don't know what we are going to do. I'm distraught," she said, before breaking down.

"We've nothing that can put our minds to rest. We don't know what we're going to do. I'm very upset.

"My boyfriend, he tends to stay calm but he's in the same boat as me. We are living together and we don't know how we are going to pay our bills."

Ms Hennigar added: "They (receivers Deloitte) are telling us that they are going to give us a particular form that we can 'sign on' quicker, but they don't have the forms with them. We don't know where we stand now.

"I feel we have been completely cut loose by HMV. We had a conference call yesterday and we were told 'you will be paid on the 25th', which was our scheduled pay date. Then we had a completely different story told to us today," she said.

"It's definitely a kick in the teeth. It's an absolute disgrace," she fumed.

She said staff would remain defiant until they were paid their wages.

Two representatives of the HMV receiver remained inside the stores with staff last night. They did not comment.

Workers at both Limerick outlets were brought food and drink supplies from other businesses in a show of solidarity.

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