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Some Iceland employees nonetheless searching for pay after examinership, Dáil hears

There have been reviews that some employees at Iceland’s supermarkets in Eire nonetheless haven’t been paid because the firm went into examinership three weeks in the past.

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle stated there was snail-paced motion for employees who’ve been “left excessive and dry” by the corporate.

Letterkenny’s Iceland department at Courtyard Buying Centre was one of many shops to shut its doorways on the weekend.

Pringle stated that the authorities have been fast to impose a meals recall on Iceland in June, however sluggish to intervene on employees’ rights.

Seven employees from Iceland and their union consultant from the Unbiased Staff Union sat the Dáil gallery immediately.

Deputy Pringle stated: “I’m horrified to find out how the employees have been handled in latest weeks and I want to categorical my solidarity with the employees who’ve needed to endure an especially troublesome couple of weeks with no help and no communication from their employers. It’s completely disgraceful. There have been reviews that the corporate has unilaterally modified their worker’s phrases and circumstances and that among the employees nonetheless haven’t been paid. 

“Final month, all imported frozen meals of animal origin was in a short time withdrawn from the cabinets following a recall beneath the Meals Security Authority of Eire, but in relation to taking care of the rights of the employees, we’ve been very sluggish to intervene. It’s the final day earlier than the recess, Tánaiste, so this matter must be addressed urgently. Greater than 400 employees are left with out wages attributable to them, vacation pay and redundancy pay. Absolutely you’ll agree that that’s unacceptable,” he stated.

The deputy raised the problem throughout questions on coverage or laws.

Deputy Pringle stated: “How will you help the Iceland employees and the way are you going to make sure that all employees shall be paid as quickly as potential?”

In his response, the Tánaiste, Micheál Martin, stated it was unacceptable for employees to be handled as Deputy Pringle described. He stated that staff have a proper to refer a criticism to the Office Relations Fee and that an examinership has been appointed, and the processes must be gone by.


Some Iceland employees nonetheless searching for pay after examinership, Dáil hears was final modified: July thirteenth, 2023 by Rachel McLaughlin