The Chair of Wexford County Council, Malcolm Byrne, has said the shock closure of the busy Dunnes Stores in Gorey is entirely avoidable.
The Fianna Fáil Councillor has condemned the treatment of 100 staff who have been left in limbo after they were informed of the sudden closure last night.
“The staff were given no warning, no explanation and no clarity about the future. There are 100 workers this morning who have no idea if they still have jobs. It’s a totally unacceptable way to treat dedicated and hard-working staff who have given many years of loyal service to the company,” the Cllr Byrne said.
“This situation and the anxiety that it has caused is entirely avoidable. Dunnes in Gorey is a busy, profitable business providing valuable local employment in the town. It appears that the closure has little to do with the viability of the business, and more to do with a dispute over the lease. If that is the case, every effort must be made to bring all relevant parties to the negotiation table without delay so the dispute can be resolved quickly and amicably.
“It is in the interests of Dunnes Stores, the shopping centre, the staff and all the customers that normal business resumes as quickly as possible. A negotiation or mediation process must begin immediately so that the uncertainty around job security is resolved.”
Malcolm Byrne is a qualified arbitrator and has offered his services for a mediation process.