Despite pre-tax profits of £10.5 million in the first half of this year the bosses of the Laura Ashley outlet on Grafton Street abruptly told its 22 predominantly female employees late last month the the shop would be closing because they managed to sell the leasehold on the property to Disney for a lucrative price. The workers were initially given the impression that they would be successfully redeployed within the chain of stores.
Disregarding the loyal service of its staff, many having worked there for over ten years, the employers then disgracefully offered the statutory minimum of 2 weeks pay per years service of which the company can claim 60% back from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Innovation.
Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins visited the picket line to offer his support to the strikers.
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