Limerick retail staff continue strike action

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Willie O'Dea meets the workers from Wallis as they continue their strike action
STAFF at women’s clothes retailer Wallis remained out on strike today after talks with the firm broke down.

STAFF at women’s clothes retailer Wallis remained out on strike today after talks with the firm broke down.

Workers facing redundancy from the Arcadia-owned chain are into the third week of a dispute with Wallis.

The Mandate union says the company is reneging on a previous agreement to give workers five weeks redundancy pay per year of service.

Instead, they are offering just under three weeks per year.

At the talks in Dublin, the company put forward a fresh proposal, but it was rejected by the Mandate trade union. Seven workers are facing redundancy after Wallis closed its store in Cruises Street, and told workers based at the Childers Road SC to reapply for their positions.

Staff have been visited on the picket by Willie O’Dea, Jan O’Sullivan and Cllr Maurice Quinlivan.

Mandate organiser Karen Wall said the support - including many businesses who have supplied food to staff on strike - have kept workers going.

“We are extremely grateful for it. This is what has made us effective, and for the company to sit up and talk to us,” she said. Developments are anticipated later on this week.