O'Brien - Clery'sFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Dublin Darragh O’Brien has called on the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to ensure that redundancy payments are fast-tracked for the Clery’s workers.

Speaking after attending a protest outside the iconic store on O’Connell Street today, Senator O’Brien said it’s unacceptable that hundreds of workers have to wait up to 10 weeks for payment after they were made redundant without notice.

The north Dublin Senator explained, “More than 400 workers and their families have been left high and dry after the shock news that they are suddenly out of a job.  These are people with families, mortgages and bills who had no idea that they wouldn’t receive another pay cheque this week.

“The treatment of the Clery’s workers has been appalling.  They were given absolutely no warning and no time whatsoever to make the necessary financial provisions.  They cannot be expected to wait two months or longer for the money that they are entitled to.

“The very least that the Government can do is to ensure that these people get their redundancy payments immediately, instead of having to wait 8 to 10 weeks.  I am calling on the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to take immediate action to fast track their redundancy payments. While it is far from ideal, at least it would ease the immediate financial pressure on many families.

“There are still many unanswered questions about the lead up to the closure and the treatment of staff.  It is crucial that the owners meet with unions to answer those questions and address the issues faced by the Clery’s workers.  In the meantime Minister Burton can ensure that her Department fast-tracks the redundancy claims.”