Ex-Debenhams staff to hold rallies marking 100th day of redundancy protest

Ex-Debenhams workers have been holding protests since they were made redundant in April. File photograph

Former Debenhams workers are holding rallies outside stores for the 100th day of demonstrations.

The former staff members are calling for their redundancy packages to be improved, believing the company used the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to stop operations in Ireland.

Debenhams Retail Ireland announced on April 9th that it was closing all 11 stores in the Republic, with the loss of 1,500 jobs.

Mandate trade union is demanding that more than a million items of stock currently in Debenham’s shuttered Irish stores should be sold and the proceeds, estimated at €25 million, distributed to former workers as part of a redundancy deal.

The rallies on Satruday will be held at three stores in Dublin and outlets in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Kerry.

Valerie Conlon, a former shop steward at the store in Cork, said there has been very little contact from the company.

Ms Conlon said: "[Debenhams] have walked away and they probably thought that they could walk away and they could be forgotten about."

"I don't think they realised there is resilient staff and the solidarity, the fact that all the stores are together in this... hopefully it is hurting them somewhere."

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