SIPTU says the appointment of a liquidator to the Nuremore Hotel in Carrickmacross shows more protections are needed for workers. Representatives held a general meeting with workers formerly employed at the hotel yesterday.
Speaking to Northern Sound, Sector Organiser, John Regan, said that while workers have mixed feelings, they are relieved that following 111 days of protest their voices had finally been heard and the long running dispute concerning the future of the hotel is coming to an end.
He highlighted how they also expressed "great disappointment" over the jobs that have been lost at the popular resort. Mr Regan added that the Government needs to learn from this situation and instigate meaningful legislative change so that workers are not forced to legally battle for their minimum entitlements rights in situations where the employer walks away from a business.
"It's a terrible situation that workers have to fight legally to get their legal entitlements. The appointment of a liquidator has helped the process because it should be pritorised now that the workers will get their holiday entitlements they are owed; redundancy entitlements; any wages that are outstanding; minimum notice; and any other pieces of legislation that are appropriate for the Insolvency Fund to make good the workers' loss," Mr Regan said.