Staff to continue sit in at Game store in Limerick until they get entitlements

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

STAFF working at the Game store in Cruises Street have vowed to continue occupying the empty store until they get what they feel they are entitled to.

STAFF working at the Game store in Cruises Street have vowed to continue occupying the empty store until they get what they feel they are entitled to.

Nine staff were made redundant from the store when on Monday afternoon, administrators appointed to the multi-national firm took the decision to close all the Irish store.

Staff are furious after the administrators, Price Waterhouse Coopers, told staff that they will not be paying any redundancy, and they will have to apply to the state for the bare minimum of what they are entitled to.

Now, in line with other stores throughout the country, staff in Cruises Street have began an occupation of the store, which they were asked to clear out on Monday.

Expensive video games still line the walls of the shop, waiting to be sent back to warehouses in the UK, while staff have changed company posters stating “thousands of prices cut” to “thousands of jobs cut”.

Emma Walsh, of Ballyneety, has been working in Game for the last seven years, several of them as store manager.

She said on Monday lunchtime: “We had a telephone call from our regional manager, and were told to cease trading, and close the shop immediately, because we were being made redundant. We were told to stay in the store for a week, pack up all the stock and send it back to their warehouse.”

After being told there would be no provision made for redundancy, the group began their occupation on Monday night. “At the moment, we are just looking for our entitlements: to be paid our wages, and anything else we are owed at the moment. Basically, just to be treated fairly,” she told the Limerick Leader.

*See the city edition of the Limerick Leader newspaper for a full version of this story