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Staff at UCD student bar call off planned strike action at last minute

Staff had planned the strike action for today after they did not receive redundancy payments due after the bar closed unexpectedly.

FORMER BAR STAFF at University College Dublin have deferred strike action planned for today after the employees received some of the redundancy payments due to them.

A trade union official said they will “continue to monitor this situation” after staff received the first of two redundancy payments today. The second payment is due within the next ten days.

The main bar on UCD’s Belfield campus closed in June. Staff were laid off in August after it was revealed that the bar had massive debts.

The former employees had called the strike action when they did not receive redundancy payments and outstanding wages following negotiations at the Labour Relations Commission after the closure.

“We received a commitment that the money due to our members will be paid in two tranches, the first of which they have received today,” said Joe Donnelly, an organiser for the Mandate trade union.

“The second payment is due within the next 10 days; strike action has been deferred until the second payment has been made”.

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A replacement bar due to be built in the college’s new student centre was due to open in coming weeks but construction has been delayed due to financial issues.

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