Date Released: 07 July 2015
The Clerys workers have renewed their call for Natrium, the new owners of the department store, to meet with them to explain their actions which have cost hundreds of jobs.
The renewed call was made following the publication of a report, today (Tuesday, 7th July), by the Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, into ‘The sale and liquidation of Clerys’.
SIPTU Organiser, Teresa Hannick, said: “In the conclusion of his report Minister Nash makes clear that the investigation into the events that resulted in the closure of Clerys is at a ‘preliminary stage’. It is clear that much information surrounding the transactions relating to the sale and liquidation of Clerys on Friday, 12th June, are yet to be revealed. This is in large part due to the failure of Natrium, the new owners, to explain their actions.
“It is well past time for Deirdre Foley, the main person behind Natrium, to face up to her responsibilities and meet the workers who lost their jobs due to her actions. Her continued unacceptable behaviour has even led to her refusing to meet with Minister Nash to discuss her role in the closure of Clerys.”
She added: “In addition, we are calling on the Government to bring forward legislation inserting social responsibility clauses into the Insolvency Act and the Companies Act, to ensure that the rights and interests of workers are protected. There must also be a review by the Government of the body of the employment protective framework to ensure that a situation like Clerys can never happen again.”
Over 17,000 people have signed an online and written petition calling on the directors of Natrium to meet with the Clerys workers.