Unions support Paris Bakery workers

Monday 26th May 2014

Staff at the Paris Bakery are hopeful that their three-day occupation of the Dublin shop, prompted by the owners’ failure to pay them over €50,000 in owed wages, will lead to a solution today. The owner has promised to meet them with a group of legal representatives.

ICTU president John Douglas joined the workers for two nights of their occupation and IMPACT was represented at a protest outside the shop last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has demanded that the Government immediately close the legal loophole that allows employers to leave workers unpaid when a business runs into difficulty.

Over 3,000 people have now signed a petition calling on the owners to pay up. You can add your support HERE.

ICTU general secretary David Begg said: “We’ve been here before and will be again unless this legal loophole is closed and employers are obliged to honour their commitments and pay employees what they are due. The situation in Paris Bakery is history repeating itself. We’ve seen it in Vita Cortex, La Senza, HMV, Game, Thomas Cook and Connolly Shoes over the last number of years. Workers should not be forced to take this action to get what they are due.”

In 2012, ICTU made a submission to the Government outlining how the legal loophole could be closed.