The launch of the Solidarity/People Before Profit Companies (Protection of Employees Rights in Liquidations) Bill 2021 which will be moved at first stage in the Dáil tomorrow, inspired by the actions of the Debenhams workers.
Present at the launch was Karen Gearon (red jacket) who was a shop steward (top centre) in the Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strike 1984-7.
Mandate members who previously worked in Debenhams mark one year in dispute with their former employer.
Mandate trade union has been maintaining pickets outside the 11 stores in pursuit of…
… enhanced redundancy terms of four weeks’ per year of service provided for under a 2016 collective agreement with their former employer – rather than the statutory minimum of two weeks’ per year of service capped at €600 per week.
To date their campaign has secured a ring-fenced €3 million training and upskilling fund to assist the workers, but that was rejected on the basis that it failed to deliver cash payments.
The union is also calling for new legislation to boost the employment rights of workers caught up in insolvency situations.
Leo Varadkar whose constituency includes Blanchardstown is yet again asked straight-out now in the Dail by Richard Boyd Barrett if removing Debenhams stock is "essential" or prohibited under the current lockdown. And the response? "There are sad aspects" to this! https://t.co/lTkayVTScr
Gardai deployed around 4am to break up picket at Blanchardstown #Debenhams & allow 4 trucks remove stock in a level 5 lockdown. Women/ men, including myself, were carried off by about 25 gardai. Opted not to use injunction but to physically haul us off & assist strike breaking. pic.twitter.com/oFnSixLgZj
We should note mobilising of gardai for strike breaking against #Debenhams workers, rather than going after the likes of the Beacon golden circle or #LeoTheLeak, who ironically is the minister allowing this non essential business & a local TD of these workers in #dubw
Debenhams workers outside the Dáil calling on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to intervene in their redundancy payment dispute and convene talks involving the government, Debenhams shop stewards, Mandate and the store’s liquidator KPMG. They also called on the public to boycott Debenhams online store.
The High Court has granted an injunction to the provisional liquidators of the Irish arm of retailer, Debenhams, preventing unlawful actions and any interference with efforts to remove stock from its former stores.
The injunction applies to anyone with knowledge of the order. Copies will be put at the entrances of the stores and shopping centres.
Former Debenhams workers protest while the store’s liqudators, KPMG, seek a High Court injunction to stop picketing at branches. Ex-staff have striked since March and stopped stock being removed from stores without their agreed redundancy being paid.
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (above centre) with Debenhams workers ahead of a High Court hearing tomorrow where the store’s liquidators KPMG is seeking an injuction to stop picketing at the stores. The workers, who were made redundant in April, have still not received their promised redundancy payments.
Further to the voting down of a Dáil motion on Wednesday night calling for a ringfenced insolvency fund to be established which would facilitate all payments due to workers (including recently laid off Debenhams staff) if a company goes bust…by just three votes.
Our Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Greens government voted 24-21 AGAINST a motion that would see Debenhams workers getting their redundancy that is owed to them. Above is a list of the TDs that voted against the motion.
Fianna Fáil are performative, they do not care. Fianna Fáil TD Padriag O’Sullivan (above) stood on the picket line only to vote against workers in the Dáil. Taoiseach Micheál Martin came to the picket line in Cork over a month ago for a photo op and has done nothing to help since.