Thursday, 19 November 2020
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Louise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
I wish to raise the case of workers employed by Rehab Enterprises in SMILES Newsagents. There are approximately 21 such workers, many of whom have disabilities. They have been put on notice that they will be made redundant. The company is refusing to share financial information, which is essential in this case. It is also refusing to engage meaningfully with the trade union. An established and agreed redundancy package of two weeks' statutory pay plus an ex gratiapayment of four weeks is in place, but the company is refusing to honour it.
The workers in question have disabilities and are being laid off in the middle of a pandemic. They are the group that is least likely to be able to find employment post this pandemic. Will the Tánaiste join me in calling on Rehab Enterprises to publish the financial information, engage with the union meaningfully, defer the redundancies until such time as that engagement has taken place-----