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Tribunal orders redundancy payout for sacked Abrakebabra workers

The decision could be worth over €12,000 for the three former staff.

THREE ABRAKEBABRA WORKERS could receive a payout worth over €12,000 in total after being sacked from their jobs in a Co Tipperary outlet.

In a recent decision, the Employment Appeals Tribunal said the staff from the chain’s now-defunct Templemore franchise were owed redundancy lump sums and holiday pay after working in the outlet for up to 9 years.

Each of the three had been paid €236 to work 24 hours a week in the store, which was owned by Samantha McElligott, when they were made redundant in April 2013.

One of the employees, Lina Karkaziene, had been there for over 5 years while the other two, Iryna and Igor Yurevych, worked there since January 2004.

The tribunal ruled all three were owed a week’s pay for their outstanding holidays on top of redundancy lump sums. The combined payout was estimated at over €12,000 in total.

The awards were made on the basis of the workers all being in insurable jobs, which entitled them to redundancy payouts as long as they had worked for the same employer for at least 2 years.

Business owners are liable for the lump sums, but if the employer has gone under the government foots the bill from its Social Insurance Fund.

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