Sit in at Limerick Eurospar branch comes to an end

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Barry O'Donnell, John Costelloe, Marian O'Donnell and Cllr Maurice Quinlivan outside Eurospar while the sit-in was taking place.
A SIT-IN at Eurospar’s branch in Moyross has come to an end after workers got guarantees that all money owed to them will be paid on Tuesday.

A SIT-IN at Eurospar’s branch in Moyross has come to an end after workers got guarantees that all money owed to them will be paid on Tuesday.

Some of the 40 staff who lost their jobs had barricaded themselves into the store - which closed last Tuesday - after initially failing to secure guarantees over when they would be paid their redundancy dues, payment in lieu of notice, and holiday pay.

But less than 24 hours afterwards, and following intense negotiations which went on until late last night, a solution was reached.

It is understood management at Eurospar gave workers written commitments that they will sign the forms.

Local councillor Maurice Quinlivan said: “I think the workers were brilliant, and it is fantastic that community also rallied around them.”

He also paid tribute to Siptu’s local chairman Frank McDonnell, who spearheaded the negotiations with Eurospar management.

Cllr Cian Prendiville added: “If they hadn’t occupied the shop, who knows when or if they would have got what they are owed. Their action has forced the company to act. We now will wait until Tuesday to make sure they get everything they are due.”

For more, see the Limerick Chronicle, out Tuesday morning