Date Released: 09 August 2016
Lambstongue, a contractor specialising in the conservation and restoration of historic windows, has refused to get involved the refurbishment of the Clerys building on Dublin's O'Connell Street unless the owner, Natrium, meets with the workers who lost their jobs when Clerys closed.
"We applaud the ethical decision of Lambstongue in refusing to get involved in the work until Deirdre Foley, the woman behind the closure of the store, meets with the workers," said SIPTU Sector Organiser Teresa Hannick. "It is clear that the ethical business decision taken by Lambstongue stands in sharp contrast to the unethical way that Natrium has treated the Clerys workers."
OCS Properties has applied for planning permission to redevelop the Clerys building as a hotel, offices, bars and shops. The public has until 2nd September to submits its views on the application to redevelop Clerys.
Commenting on the proposed development, Teresa Hannick said;
"O'Connell Street is an area of special significance to the Irish people, and as such we have to make sure that property owners and businesses in the area acknowledge their moral obligations to workers and members of the public.”