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Staff at Game who lost their jobs when the company went into administration have vowed to stage sit-ins at stores

Staff at Game who lost their jobs when the company went into administration have vowed to stage sit-ins at stores

Staff at Game who lost their jobs when the company went into administration have vowed to stage sit-ins at stores

WORKERS at retail chain Game will be paid wages for March, but have vowed to continue their sit-in protest over redundancy payments.

Amid fears they would not receive their full monthly pay packet, the staff yesterday said their sit-ins at 12 Irish stores would go on until they received firm guarantees about wages and redundancy payments.

The workers said they had been promised wages for this week if they agreed to clear the closed stores and process computer game stocks.

The staff at outlets in Dublin and Cork launched their protests after being informed the specialist computer game firm is to close all 277 outlets across Ireland and the UK.

Game's shutdown was ordered after the firm had to call in administrators following an inability to restructure sufficiently to cope with difficult trading conditions.

A total of 2,000 jobs will be lost in Ireland and the UK.

Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said a further meeting between the administrators and workers would be arranged.

"The administrators have confirmed that wages for the month of March 2012 will be paid this week," a PwC statement said.

Game's Cork worker spokesman James Daly said that the staffers were left with no choice but to launch the sit-in protests.

He welcomed news of the wage payments, but said the workers learned of the development through the media.

"We were put in an impossible position -- all we want is guarantees about wages owing and our redundancy entitlements," Mr Daly said.

"We don't believe we should be a burden on the State -- why should the State have to pay our redundancy instead of the firm?" he added.

The Game workers also received a message of support from Vita Cortex workers, who are now in the 105th day of a sit-in protest at the former Cork foam manufacturing plant in a similar dispute over redundancy payments.

Irish Independent