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Friday, 20th January 2023

Nash expresses solidarity with Argos workers

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Local Labour TD, Ged Nash.

Workers must receive best possible redundancy package

Labour TD Ged Nash has expressed solidarity with Argos workers in Drogheda and Dundalk who have received news that its Irish outlets will close.

“We understand that the closures will be staggered across May and June starting with Portlaoise, St Stephen’s Green and Galway with the remainder to close by June 24/25” he said.

“Everyone must now come to the table to ensure the best possible redundancy package is reached for these workers, as well as ensuring supports are in place.

“The announcement by Argos will be deeply disappointing for its many loyal workers throughout the country and our thoughts are with them and their families. It is a hammer blow to the retail sector and a very sad loss of good, unionised jobs.

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“Labour supports Mandate’s call to ensure that these workers are properly protected, receive full redundancy and all other associated entitlements.

“The immediate focus should be to support the employees who are going to lose their jobs. Each job lost today impacts not only the individual person but their dependents and their community.

“These workers will need to be assisted with potential re-employment, and I am calling on Minister Coveney and Minister Humphrey’s to direct local Citizens’ Information, Department  of Social Protection and Local Enterprise offices to coordinate with the workers and their union reps to assist them going forward from this process.”

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