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Old Darnley workers continue their sit in

Story by Tom Kelly

Monday, 11th February, 2013 12:03pm

Old Darnley workers continue their sit in

Workers in the Old Darnley Lodge have voted unanimously to continue their sit-in at the hotel in Athboy until all have received the statutory entitlements, including redundancy pay, holiday pay and hours owed, due to them.

SIPTU Organiser, Martin Mannion, said: "The workers are now in the fourth week of their sit-in. Following a creditors meeting last Tuesday the hotel's management company, Mitrespor Ltd, was formally placed into liquidation. The workers' applications for redundancy are now with the Department of Social Protection.

"However, the 35 workers who attended last week's general meeting voted unanimously to maintain their protest in order to ensure the monies owned to them are paid promptly and in full. The union fully supports the workers' decision."

Old Darnley Lodge SIPTU Shop Steward, Eileen Quinn, said: "The manner in which we, the workers, and the local community which depends on this hotel have been treated is completely unacceptable. The workers would be foolish to trust any commitments they have been given in relation to the monies they are owed until these commitments are actually fulfilled. For that reason we voted unanimously to continue our sit-in."