MINISTER Jan O’Sullivan has described as disgraceful the way in which workers at Target Express were treated by their former employer.
The haulage company, which employed 15 workers at its depot in Ballysimon, ceased trading on Monday with the loss of almost 400 jobs across the country.
Ms O’Sullivan met with the Limerick workers yesterday after they were briefed at the Ballysimon depot by representatives of the provisional liquidator.
“It is an absolutely disgrace the way the workers were treated, to hear over the radio and television that their jobs were gone. To have had no communication with their employer and to be now in a situation where they don’t know when they are going to get their money - even for work they have already done,” she said adding that she would be making representations to her cabinet colleagues to try to have the matter resolved as quickly as possible.
Sinn Fein city councillor, Maurice Quinlivan, also met with the workers, “It was a disgrace the way they were treated and all they are looking for now is what they are entitled to and what they are owed,” he said.
Most of the workers at the Limerick depot claim they are owed several weeks pay as well as holiday pay in addition to any redundancy entitlements.
“It could be six months before we get any money and it is not good enough. There are a lot of lads who have no money and we can’t sign on or anything like that because we don’t have any P45s,” said Jack O’Sullivan who had been working with Target Express since February.
Father-of-two Robert Foley from Patrickswell said he doesn’t know what to do next.
“We are all depressed, we are owed three weeks wages, we are going to have to wait twelve weeks for social welfare,” he said
“We all have mortgages to pay and bills to pay and we have no money in our pockets,” added Robert who worked for the company for almost two years.
Following the appointment of Michael McAteer and Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton as Provisional Liquidators of Target Express the locks at the Limerick Depot were changed and the premises secured.
As a result customers of Target Express have been unable to retrieve any of the thousands of euro worth of freight and goods which are stuck inside the Ballysimon depot.