Debenhams deserts employees

Debenhams workers have resisted attempts from the retail chain to move its remaining assets abroad.

Their union Mandate has described the action as an effort “to pressurise the Debenhams parent company in the UK to pay a fair union-negotiated redundancy package to their loyal staff in Ireland.”

Workers have been offered a statutory redundancy to be claimed from the Government, rather than from the retailer itself.

“They got a present off COVID-19” said Pamela Keating, a former employee who gave 33 years of service to the company. “They took this opportunity to up and abscond out of the country.”

“What we hope to achieve from this is that the company will actually pay our redundancy rather than the State having to foot the bill.”