Clerys closure report recommends reforms in employment law

Clerys closure report recommends reforms in employment law

Unions have welcomed a report on the treament of staff during the sudden closure of Clerys in Dublin last year.

The report by experts Kevin Duffy and Nessa Cahill is recommending changes to employment law.

The proposals include reforms that would force employers to consult with staff for a minimum 30-day period, if they are planning mass redundancies.

Siptu said the measure would ensure there was no repeat of what it called the "shameful" treatment Clerys workers had to endure last June.

Staff were left with only statutory redundancy (two weeks redundancy for every year of service) after the shock closure, which followed a buy-out by the Natrium consortium of venture capitalists. Many staff had worked in Clerys for years, and some for decades.

Several hundred people protested outside Clerys last summer over the treatment the workers received.

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