Mandate calls for intervention in Debenhams liquidation –

The Mandate trade union, which represents retail workers, has called on the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty to appoint an authorised officer to intervene in the liquidation of the Irish operation of the Debenhams retail chain. 

The union demand follows Debenhams’ decision to place its Irish retail operation of 11 stores into liquidation with the loss of up to 1,500 jobs. 

A small protest by Debenhams workers took place outside Leinster House today calling on the Minister to engage with liquidators KPMG and the UK parent company.

In a letter to Minister Doherty, Mandate General Secretary John Douglas reminds the minister that there will be a significant cost to the State in redundancy and welfare payments if the staff are made redundant. 

He called for the appointment of an Authorised Officer “… to consult with the liquidators regarding the aforementioned matters, so as to ascertain whether any of the quality retail jobs can

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