300 days of struggle. And the ‘best’ offer the Debenhams workers have received, is money to go back to school, to retrain. Many of these mostly women workers are in their 40’s 50’s and older. So what are they retraining for? The €3 million (between approx. 1200 of them!) would be better used if distributed among the workers who have been so shamefully let down. I spoke on this in Dáil.

As part of a mediation process, workers in very good faith commited to easing up the pickets while talks are taking place.
KPMG on their part committed to not removing stock while these talks are ongoing.
But they have removed stock from stores at Mahon Point in Cork, from Newbridge, from Tallaght, and yesterday, packers from KPMG were stacking up the stock in Henry Street.
This is an appalling act of bad faith.
Will the Taoiseach intervene and ensure that KPMG hold their side of the bargain??

The government  (using our money) are KPMG’s biggest customer. KPMG received multiple millions in government contracts over recent years – costs, seemingly no object. Like the €11 Million for advice on Broadband, that turned out to be a fiasco. KPMG are now the liquidators for Debenhams. So couldn’t government Ministers call in KPMG and demand justice for #Debenhams workers.  Of course they could. I put this to Eamonn Ryann today in the Dáil.

Aramark are a huge company making millions, billions indeed, globally. AIB bank hired them to provide catering services at their head office. And now both walk away from workers with decades of commitment to their job like workers don’t even matter. And this is becoming a pattern – Debenhams for instance, among others. That’s why solidarity is so important.

This is a shout out for the Aramark strikers – this is just to explain the background. I hope to have other posts of the strikers themselves, soon

This is the protest by residents and staff, outside St Mary's today, that I was proud to support. I also spoke in the Dáil about closures such as this. They should be banned during Covid, and the State should step in and take over the institution. This short video explains.

Posted by Bríd Smith TD on Monday, September 21, 2020

Brid queries the expert panel on Covid in our Nursing Homes, commenting that the terms of reference for their report seems to have limited its findings and seeking information on the current protocols in care homes.