Paris Bakery workers protest outside the Dail last week   Paris Bakery workers have been occupying their former employers’ building on Moore Street in Dublin for more than two weeks in an attempt to get almost €100,000 in unpaid wages owed to them …

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Paris Bakery workers protest outside the Dail last week

 

Paris Bakery workers have been occupying their former employers’ building on Moore Street in Dublin for more than two weeks in an attempt to get almost €100,000 in unpaid wages owed to them. The workers have been left high and dry by their employer and cannot access the insolvency fund as the company has not been deemed insolvent. They are now living hand to mouth on the goodwill of trade unions and the general public. One of the workers has become homeless as a result of the fiasco and others, some with young children, are struggling to pay their rents having been left for almost three months without pay.

This isn’t the first time this has happened: we’ve seen similar incidents in Vita Cortex, La Senza, Connolly Shoes and HMV, to name but a few. We need to close the loophole in the law that allows employers to get away with this type of behaviour. :

Please send an email to the Taoiseach, calling for the Insolvency Fund to be opened up.

Paris Bakery workers have been left high and dry because the owners refuse to formally wind up their business or pay up.  As a result they cannot access the Insolvency Fund, their last chance of getting what is owed to them.

Workers in similar situations face the same problem, which is grossly unjust and unfair.The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny as leader of the government has the power to change it within the next week. If enough of us put pressure on the Taoiseach we can get him to act quickly to change the law and allow access to the Insolvency Fund.

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We are very close to changing the legislation on this important issue which would protect all workers in the future.

Other ways to help the Paris Bakery Workers

Help the workers find new jobs. They are skilled chefs, bakers, assistant chefs, wait staff, kitchen porters and delivery drivers. If you are in a position to offer any of the workers a job, or have heard of job openings elsewhere, send them a message through their Facebook page.

Get the word out – share Facebook posts, tweet #parisbakery, text radio shows, write to the newspapers.

Stay tuned. The workers are making plans for the coming days, and will need your support in person and online.

THANK YOU for everything you’ve done so far. The workers are overwhelmed by and deeply grateful for the huge public support they’ve received this week; it has kept spirits up through some very long days and nights.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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