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Six workers spend third day staging sit-in protest at petrol station

The workers are looking for outstanding wages and holiday pay.

SIX WORKERS HAVE spent a third day sitting in at a Texaco filling station after they found out that the shop was being closed after 30 years in business.

The workers are looking for outstanding wages and holiday pay which they say is owed to them.

The staff at the Texaco petrol station in Ballyvolane, Cork found out on Tuesday that the station was to close.

Cork’s 96FM is reporting that two executives arrived unannounced and began the closure process which prompted the workers to start the sit-in.

The business was taken over by Highway Retail last January. The company had previously warned staff that rent was too high but that workers would be consulted about any major changes.

The retail manager of the store, Deirdre Creegan, said the sit in is because the employers closed the doors and they want their redundancy and holiday pay.

She said “We are staying put until we get in writing that we will get what we are entitled to.”

The workers received support from PJ Coogan today – the presenter of The Opinion Line on Cork 96FM.

Sinn Féin TD, Jonathan O’Brien said he stands behind the workers.

He said he planned to arrange a meeting with Highway Retail but has not been able to reach it.

He added that Highway Retail need to “take responsibility for their actions and behaviour and resolve this crisis”.

O’Brien said he has sent an e-mail to the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton to inform him of the situation.

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