Friday 24 November 2017

Bar staff call time on case after talks

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

AN Employment Appeals case taken by 27 former employees of a popular Galway bar has been dropped after negotiations with their old employer.

The workers had been employed by Galway businessman Ronan Lawless with the vast majority working in the popular student bar The River Inn in Newcastle.

The 27-strong group had taken cases against Mr Lawless over a number of issues including redundancy payments, working time claims and minimum notice claims after the bar closed suddenly in 2012.

Brian Rabbitte of the Citizen's Information Centre represented all 27 staff at the hearing. He told the tribunal he had held discussions with Mr Lawless prior to the hearing and an agreement had been reached.

The tribunal agreed to the request and put the case back for one year to ensure all matters had been resolved.

Addressing the tribunal yesterday, Mr Lawless said he hoped to have the matters concluded within the time set down.

Speaking after the tribunal, one former employee who did not wish to be named said he was relieved the matter was being dealt with.

"In 20 years I have never worked for a better person. He was always very generous to staff.

"But people are struggling and they need their redundancy payments. I'm glad he showed up here today to deal with it, a lot of people wouldn't have bothered," he added.

Irish Independent

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