Sunday 17 December 2017

'Meet with the workers, that's all they've asked' - Former Clerys staff stage protest in Dublin

Clerys. Photo: Frank McGrath
Clerys. Photo: Frank McGrath

Sasha Brady

Former Clerys workers who lost their jobs protested outside the Dublin store on Saturday to mark the ninth month since its closure.

Clerys was bought by the Natrium Constortium, which bought it for €29m in June of last year.

The iconic site on Dublin's O'Connell Street entered into receivership before being scooped up by Natrium.

The closure in led to the loss of 460 jobs and workers were sacked without notice or redundancy payments.

At the time, Natrium announced the site would be developed into a retail zone with luxury apartments, but no progress has been made since.

The workers staged a protest outside the landmark Dublin store on Saturday and demanded a meeting with the store's new owners.

Teresa Hannick, SIPTU Sector organiser, said workers are being ignored.

"Meet with the workers, that's all they've asked," Ms Hannick said when speaking to Newstalk.

"They've tried to contact Natrium and its directors in Dublin and London. They have tried every avenue through the Government, ministers, through IPTU to IBEC and still they have been ignored, totally ignored.

"And all we're looking for, all these workers are looking for, is somebody to meet with them and treat them with respect."

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