Siptu officials have said that the liquidators appointed to Clerys admitted workers were treated appallingly last Friday when the store was suddenly shut and they were all made redundant.
Speaking after a meeting between the union and KPMG-appointed liquidators yesterday as anger grew over the treatment of the more than 400 staff, Siptu national campaigns organiser Ethel Buckley said they had a "frank and robust discussion".
"They agreed with the union's view that the workers were treated appallingly, that the manner in which the sale and liquidation was announced to the workers was not acceptable, and based on our representations they have agreed to prioritise the workers receiving their statutory entitlements," she told the Herald.
"KPMG will be back in Liberty Hall tomorrow for a meeting with workers and we believe they will be back in the hall next week meeting with workers.
"The priority is to secure their entitlements and clearly we would like to see a situation where our members will get more."
A spokesman for the liquid- ators declined to comment last night.
The union is also calling on the new owners, Natrium Ltd, to meet with them to discuss the future of the workers and the business.
"We have written to them, we have emailed them, we have called them and still heard nothing from them, but we don't intend to accept that and intend to pursue them," said Ms Buckley.
Jobs Minister Ged Nash said it is "a very difficult set of circumstances".
"This case has left a very bad taste in the mouths of all government ministers and all public representatives and the public," he said. "This owes more to Wall Street than O'Connell Street, to be perfectly frank.
"It is not the type of business culture we want to see evolve in this country, and if it is a case that Government needs to examine the structures that are in place at the moment, then let's do that."