Limerick Fianna Fáil Deputy Niall Collins has pledged his full support for the HMV workers who have been forced to stage a sit-in in two Limerick stores in a dispute over pay.
Deputy Collins met the workers at the HMV in Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick this afternoon (17 January 2012), and called on the company to do the honourable thing and immediately pay the staff the wages they are owed, including holiday pay and overtime.
“The situation at HMV has caused great distress and confusion for staff, for customers and for the public as a whole,” said Deputy Collins. “People are seriously struggling to understand how a such a profitable, popular and iconic business in Ireland can have shut down so suddenly, leaving staff and customers completely in the lurch.
“Serious questions remain about the gift vouchers controversy. It seems very unlikely that HMV bosses would have had no idea that the company was at real risk of failure when vouchers were being sold over the Christmas period. For the company to sell vouchers, while bosses knew there was a strong likelihood they wouldn’t be redeemable, raises serious legal questions.
“By all accounts, it seems that HMV’s Irish operation is profitable. If this indeed is the case, it seems completely unreasonable that staff would not be paid what they are owed and why customers would have been unable to use their vouchers while the stores were open. I am calling on the administrators to clarify these issues and ensure that the staff are given what they are owed.”