The 16 workers, who staged a two-day sit-in at the store in Mitchelstown as well as eight workers in a Fermoy store will decide this morning what form of action they will now take.
The company announced a fortnight ago that it was closing three of its operations in New Square, Mitchelstown; Patrick Street in Fermoy; and Annacotty, Co Limerick, with the loss of a total of 40 jobs.
What angered workers was that they were not given any warnings before they were handed their notices of redundancy and also that the company only offered two weeks’ pay per year of employment along with notice payments, even though some staff had service of more than 38 years.
The Mitchelstown staff immediately began a sit-in that only ended when the firm agreed to attend the Labour Relations Commission.
At that forum the workers’ union Mandate, acting on behalf of the staff in Mitchelstown and Fermoy, sought the relocation of its members to 4Homes’ other stores in the north Cork area which look likely to be taken over by Dairygold.
They also sought an improvement on the redundancy terms on offer.
However, last night Lorraine O’Brien of Mandate said: “No progress was made. The company were not willing to budge from their original position of statutory redundancy and no more. Nor were they willing to engage on our request that people might transfer to one of the seven stores which Dairygold are considering buying back.
“We will now be going back to consult with people and then make our decision on what our next step will be.”
4HOME has blamed the necessity to close the three stores on “the severe impact of the recession on the DIY and homeware sector”.