Debenhams’ workers hold protest outside Waterford store seeking fair redundancy package
Staff at Debenhams in Waterford who recently learned they have no jobs following the closure of the UK retail giant’s seven Irish stores have today been protesting against their recent treatment while looking for a fair redundancy package.
Workers have been holding a protest outside the City Square in Waterford this morning and are getting the backing of politicians in “fighting this injustice.”
People Before Profit are accusing Debenhams of being opportunists who have used the Coronovirus as an excuse to shut down and abscond during the pandemic, while leaving the Irish Taxpayer with yet another bill to foot to back the affected workers.
Mick Barry TD and Ruth Coppinger of Solidarity have given their full backing to protest actions taking place by Debenhams workers saying their actions are justified given the implications of Debenhams closing during a pandemic.
“Retail Ireland have spoken of a risk to 110,000 jobs in the months ahead,” Deputy Barry said.
“Already we’ve seen closures at Debenhams, Oasis, Warehouse and Laura Ashley. That’s why it’s so important to see the Debenhams workers standing their ground and fighting this injustice.
“Debenhams must not be allowed to simply shut the shops, flee the country, dump the workers on the dole and force the taxpayer to foot the bill. Nor should the Government be allowed to stand idly by and declare that it’s not their problem,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, former staff protesting on Dublin’s Henry Street were moved on by gardai for conrevening Covid-19 restrictions.