Tag Archives: Debenhams

The legacy of the Debenhams workers’ struggle

By Michael O’Brien It can take the passage of time, years in fact, to have a sense of a particular strike’s place in history. Among trade unionists, socialists, activists, and sometimes the wider working class, disputes such as the six-month-long strike of An Post workers in 1979, the Clondalkin Paper Mill occupation in 1983, and the Dunnes Stores Anti-Apartheid Strike ...

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Cynical government defers Debenhams Bill

By Finghin Kelly Six years ago saw Clery’s department store in Dublin go into a tactical liquidation, leaving workers high and dry while shareholders kept hold of the bulk of the company’s assets. At the time the government were forced into saying that this should never happen again and set up the Cahill Duffy process which recommended that workers in ...

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No more government timewasting! – Debenhams workers demand their rights now!

Text of Socialist Party leaflet for protest in support of #PassDebenhamsBill, outside the Dáil today. The announcement yesterday by the government that they would effectively put the Debenhams Bill on ice for a year tells us two things. One is that this government is fundamentally anti-worker. This is also evident by its presiding over the ongoing protection of KPMG scabs ...

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Debenhams workers’ struggle – an example to all

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 ...

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Debenhams struggle reaches critical phase

By Michael O’Brien Efforts over the last week by KPMG, the court appointed liquidator, and other concession companies to remove stock from Debenhams shops around the country have met with a determined response from workers and their supporters in many areas bringing their struggle for a just settlement onto a whole different level. Pickets have been stepped up in the ...

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Historic government coalition faces crises and class war

By Mick Barry TD “The country was very united during the pandemic. The economic crisis that is coming could be very divisive” – Leo Varadkar June 30.  140 days after the General Election a new government was formed in the Republic of Ireland on 27 June. The Government is made up of the two traditional right-wing parties Fianna Fáil (FF) ...

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Debenhams’ dispute: Workers take aim at new government

By Cllr Kieran Mahon Debenhams’ workers protested outside the National Convention Centre and turned their focus for justice at the incoming Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party coalition. Despite great adversity, workers have kept Debenhams on the national agenda.  Under pressure from Debenhams workers in Cork, incoming Taoiseach Micheál Martin has given verbal sympathy to claims for a just settlement.  ...

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Debenhams: workers wage battle to stop asset robbery

By Ruth Coppinger  Since being laid off in April, Debenhams workers have waged a David and Goliath battle to save their jobs or win a  redundancy package befitting their years of service.  Pitted against a big multinational chain, the Irish workers deserve massive credit for remaining a thorn in the side of this  company, who coldly used a pandemic to ...

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How can Debenhams jobs be saved?

Below is the text of a letter written by Socialist Party members Mick Barry TD and Ruth Coppinger to the the Liquidators in Debenhams and to Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys outlining how the jobs in the company can be saved. The Socialist Party believes that bringing the company into public ownership it the best guarantee to ...

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