A massive Garda operation in Limerick on Monday night to remove stock from the Debenhams store in Limerick failed when one hundred ex-Debenhams workers and supporters staged a sit down protest. At around midnight Gardaí started to block off the roads approaching Debenhams, including access to O’Connell St and Liddy St. Two city blocks were in effect locked down by ...Read More »
A massive Garda operation in Limerick on Monday ni...
By Peter McGregorCarphone Warehouse has moved in r...
“Building Momentum” is the title given to the foll...
By Michael O’Brien Over the course of the last dec...
By Michael O’Brien As we go to press the str...
By Peter McGregorCarphone Warehouse has moved in recent days to shut down all of their Irish stores, 69 individual stores and 12 within other stores. This move will result in a total of 486 redundancies. The news was followed by the shutting down of Dixons Carphone stores which operate in Airports in Britain and Ireland. The parent company Dixons Carphone, ...Read More »
“Building Momentum” is the title given to the follow up to the Public Service Stability Agreement which expired at the end of 2020. The new agreement negotiated between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on behalf of the government and the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s (ICTU) is being voted upon by rank and ...Read More »
By Michael O’Brien Over the course of the last decade the Taoiseach Micheál Martin in the Dáil chamber referred to the €64 billion bank bailout of 2008 precisely as a “bailout” no less than 57 times according to the Dáil record. However, yesterday when the contrast was made between that largesse to the banks and the manner in which the ...Read More »
By Michael O’Brien As we go to press the struggle by the Debenhams workers for the honouring of the redundancy agreement their union Mandate reached with the employer in 2016 has passed its seventh month, and has long since earned its place in the lore of this country’s labour history. The court injunction granted to the liquidator KPMG against the ...Read More »
By Councillor Kieran Mahon Now is the time for all to come to the defence of Debenhams workers. The cynical and cowardly move by liquidators, KPMG, to escalate the dispute by seeking legal injunctions comes as workers prepare to mark six months of determined action. This is happening because, on the ground, workers are winning and KPMG are losing. During ...Read More »
By Michael O’Brien No sooner were the Debenhams shop stewards given the gist of a proposed settlement to their struggle for a just redundancy from the Mandate General Secretary, Gerry Light, than it was leaked into the media with a positive spin and additional details that were not even presented to the workers. Debenhams workers described how relatives and friends ...Read More »
On Tuesday night the death was announced of Thiago Cortes, a Deliveroo worker who was killed in a ‘hit and run’ which occurred on North Wall Quay, Dublin, on Monday night. The circumstances will of course be investigated by Gardai, but it is urgent that broader discussions are had about how these workers are employed, the perils they face every ...Read More »
By Sean Burns The Stormont Department for the Economy is warning that the jobs market is “heading back to the 1980s”, with an estimation that unemployment in the months ahead could well exceed 100,000. A similar situation is reported in the South, with unemployment figures of 28% being recorded for April. This mirrors what is happening throughout the world, as ...Read More »
The closure of Debenhams Irish operation more than a 100 days ago was done in the cynical expectation that it was not possible for the workers to sustain any kind organised response through the lockdown months. Not only has the struggle for a decent settlement survived but it has grown in strength in recent weeks. With the proper resumption of ...Read More »