THE TRADE UNION Mandate is seeking an urgent meeting with B&Q Ireland management over the appointment of an examiner to the company.
It was announced yesterday that the home improvement retailer has successfully filed a petition with the High Court seeking the appointment of an examiner.
The court granted protection for the company and appointed Declan McDonald of PWC as interim examiner.
The company said that it hopes to continue to trade at all nine stores. It said all employees will be paid, and all pre-paid goods and services, together with gift vouchers and credit notes, will be honoured.
Mandate said that it is seeking an urgent meeting with the company’s management, as it represents a significant number of workers in the business.
Mandate Assistant General Secretary, Gerry Light said:
The workers are obviously going to be very concerned about their future, particularly those in the two stores earmarked for closure (Athlone & Waterford), and also the other two unnamed locations which management say are likely to close.
We have written to management of B&Q Ireland, who are part of Kingfisher plc, a company which has a multi-billion turnover and we’re seeking an urgent meeting.
Light said that Mandate is “relieved” to hear that the stores will continue to trade, but said that Mandate needs to be included in “all and any consultations”.