11 Weeks Later



This afternoon.

Natrium HQ, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

A protest against the ongoing silence of Natrium, the owners of Clerys, over the sacking of 460 workers in June. The department store liquidation will cost the State €2.5m in workers’ statutory redundancy entitlements.

Former Clerys worker and SIPTU Shop Steward, Alan O’Brien, said:

“It has been 11 weeks since the store was closed without notice resulting in hundreds of job losses. Natrium has treated us appallingly while it has made millions out of this deal. The sudden closure of the store caused massive distress to the workers, many of whom gave decades of service to Clerys. All we are asking for is to be treated with a degree of respect. We want Deirdre Foley [Natrium CEO] and the other people involved in Natrium to meet us face-to-face and explain their actions.”

Former Clerys workers demand meeting with owners (RTÉ)

(Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie)

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16 thoughts on “11 Weeks Later

  1. uppsydownsy

    Could someone explain please? Did Clery’s meet the minimum legal requirements for what they had to do?

    1. Clampers Outside!

      Last I heard… yes, they did.

      Then our blow-hard, punch-light Minister for Justice and Equality Francis Fitzgerald said the law would have to change…. but she’ll just sit on that and do nothing. So, same again on the next one.

  2. The Bottler

    It has always been the situation in this “caring” State – property rights take precedence over justice, equality, fair play etc. etc. and no politician will ever change it.

  3. Daisy Chainsaw

    Natrium doesn’t give a shiny poo about the Clery’s workers. It only cares about the money. The workers are just collateral damage

  4. Dubloony

    The treatment of the workers is a disgrace. It was two years in the planning as the property and operational parts of the business were split up 2 years ago.

    People with 40+ years of service would have wrecked their profits. So now it falls to the taxpayer to fill the gap with statuary payments.
    Dept. social Welfare is the biggest creditor to Cleays as a result.

    1. Anne

      Didn’t realise that..
      Scumbags. They wouldn’t be your typical looking scumbags, but that’s what they are.
      No regard for others whatsoever.

  5. meadowlark

    When I was in college I worked in a shop that went into receivership. I found out that I had lost my job on rte news. I had finished my shift two hours before that. I had left personal possessions in my locker, college books included. I was not allowed back into the shop to get any of them, despite repeated requests to the reciever. They just fobbed me off. None of my colleagues were able to get their stuff either.

    The way the clearys workers have been treated is awful, but unsurprising. It is great to see them taking a stand. This sort of treatment shouldn’t happen. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

    1. nogoodstarttgecans

      Is this just how it is now? Should none of us leave personal possessions at work? Unless we’re in employment as receivers, of course,?

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