FORMER workers at Ivan’s stores in Caherdavin have secured their pay and redundancy entitlements after occupying the store for more than a fortnight.
Some 30 staff who lost their jobs when the landmark general store closed its doors after 38 years trading had been forced to wait for redundancy pay, back pay, and key documents which will allow them to claim social welfare.
But last night, following a meeting with representatives of Ivan Cremins’s family, the workers requests have been acceded to.
Sinn Fein’s northside councillor Maurice Quinlivan has congratulated the staff.
“The employees of Ivan’s have shown that when workers stand together they can insist on fairness and justice. Their courage and fortitude is an example to us all,” he said, paying tribute to Frank McDonnell and Mike Kiely of SIPTU.
“This episode demonstrates once again the importance of all workers belonging to a trade union, and also the urgent need for this government to fulfil their promise to legislate for collective bargaining,” he concluded.
For more reaction, see the Limerick Leader Monday tabloid.