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Laura Ashley staff strike on Grafton St

Staff object to receiving statutory redundancy as the store closes.

The Laura Ashley shopfront.
The Laura Ashley shopfront.

STAFF AT THE GRAFTON STREET branch of the Laura Ashley chain picketed outside the store today in protest over redundancy payments.

The Irish Times writes that following the shop’s closure last week, staff are due to receive notice tomorrow that they are being made redundant.

The notice follows a one-month consultation process, and some of the staff have been offered alternative part-time work in other Laura Ashley stores around the country.

One employee, Laura Waters, told the Irish Times that workers are angry that such a profitable company is offering statutory redundancy. Another employee said the company was being disrespectful to its loyal workforce.

Staff say that the company has refused to attend the Labour Relations Commission three times.

Last month, Reuters reported that pre-tax profits posted by the company for 26 weeks to the end of July were its highest for two years.

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