Former Debenhams staff in Tralee say the company’s redundancy offer was insulting.
The liquidator KPMG and Mandate had agreed a one-million-euro proposal on Friday, however, it’s been withdrawn after reaction in recent days from former staff.
In April, Debenhams announced it was going into liquidation, resulting in the loss of over 1,000 jobs nationally and 70 in its Manor West Store in Tralee.
The one-million-euro deal, which was agreed by Mandate at the weekend, wasn’t well received by workers, many of whom have held protests at stores nationwide since the closure.
KPMG now says the actions of former staff made it clear the offer wasn't acceptable and says it also won't be negotiating any further settlement; a number of workers took part in a sit-in at stores in Dublin and Cork this morning, with six people being arrested in Dublin.
Shop steward Geraldine O’Regan, who worked in Debenhams for 13 years, isn’t disappointed by the move.