La Senza staff in Ireland stage sit in

The Mandate Trade Union is expected to hold a meeting with La Senza administrators KPMG, after 93 Irish employees of the company were made redundant today.

The cuts in Ireland have seen a strong reaction from workers, with staff at a La Senza branch in Dublin staging a sit in, while they seek assurances that will be paid the wages and overtime that are owed to them, as reported in the Irish Times.

The sit in started on the evening of January 9 and the staff of the store have since been joined by colleagues from the Grafton Street, Henry Street and Dundrum branches.

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One former worker or the Liffey Valley store claimed that the staff had not been issued P45s.

She told the Irish Times: “We haven’t even got documents to go and claim social welfare. We have been left with no documents, nothing.

“It’s not just about the money. It’s about how workers are being treated by these big companies who think they can come in and then trample over workers when they’ve no more use for them. We have to stand up for ourselves because it doesn’t look like the Government is going to.”

A KPMG spokesperson said: “Staff made redundant as a result of company failure are entitled to claim for their statutory entitlements under the Insolvency Payments scheme.”

An estimated 1300 redundancies have been threatened across over 100 of La Senza’s British outlets since the company officially went into administration yesterday.

Around 1100 jobs were saved after Alshaya UK Ltd, a part of the Alshaya group, announced that it had signed a deal with KPMG to acquire the exclusive franchise rights for the La Senza brand in the UK and to take over 60 of its stores.

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