Support the Laura Ashley strikers

making waves

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Despite pre-tax profits of £10.5 million in the first half of this year the bosses of the Laura Ashley outlet on Grafton Street abruptly told its 22 predominantly female employees late last month the the shop would be closing because they managed to sell the leasehold on the property to Disney for a lucrative price. The workers were initially given the impression that they would be successfully redeployed within the chain of stores.

Disregarding the loyal service of its staff, many having worked there for over ten years, the employers then disgracefully offered the statutory minimum of 2 weeks pay per years service of which the company can claim 60% back from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Innovation.

Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins visited the picket line to offer his support to the strikers.

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They'll get 196 euro dole per week so they won't starve.
Joe can feck off back to Brussels
Or does he want to go on the dole in solidarity with the workers?
 

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What has the gender of the workers got to do with anything ?
Women workers are more exploited than men and are perceived by an employer to be a 'soft touch' when it comes to dumping them on the dole.

Now do you actually have anything constructive to say about the treatment of these workers - or are you simply interested in trolling?
 

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They'll get 196 euro dole per week so they won't starve.
Brilliant - and a highly profitable company are allowed to dump workers on the dole (which tax-payers have to fund) - simply to increase their 'profit margins'.
 

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Is this a free country?
Are the company somehow obliged to continue doing business?
If its that lucrative, perhaps jow higgins would be interested in employing them in a franchise
 

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News at 10: Company obeys law.

Is Joe offering legislative suggestions or is he just having a moan?
 

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If the parasites are going to continue attacking with such light regard for the existences of their employees than they have no right to come out with these annoying "we are all in it together speeches" and continously play on the niavely good hearted nature of the Irish working class.
 

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Well it's only sexism if the percentage of female workers fired is disproportionate to the no. of female workers as a whole. If the majority working there are female, then the majority fired you would imagine would be female also.
 

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I promise not to purchase any of their dresses.
 

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Well it's only sexism if the percentage of female workers fired is disproportionate to the no. of female workers as a whole. If the majority working there are female, then the majority fired you would imagine would be female also.
Makingwaves may well be a Trotskyite but his point is valid in that employers generally believe women are a "soft touch" and will try to bully and cajole them in a way they wouldnt dream of doing to men.
 

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Brilliant - and a highly profitable company are allowed to dump workers on the dole (which tax-payers have to fund) - simply to increase their 'profit margins'.
They are allowed actually.
It's a free world.
It's been that way since 1989.
Those predominantly female workers can learn to pole dance or pick spuds or something.
That's their problem.
 

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I promise not to purchase any of their dresses.
Never been there but I'll try to buy something soon. I want to cross that picket full of entitlement junkies. 'I worked there for ten years so I'm entitled to some of the company's money'. Eh, you got some, it was called your wages.
 

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Would this be the same shop, that I bought a very nice chair at €1350 for my office, and when it never arrived I was told by the people in that store that "you'll have to get on to head office"....

Jesus, Joe Higgins, writing in the Mail, and defending the workers of Thatcher's second favourite shop, (M&S was No.1)..

Ask Joe if he knows where my chair is....
 

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Makingwaves may well be a Trotskyite but his point is valid in that employers generally believe women are a "soft touch" and will try to bully and cajole them in a way they wouldnt dream of doing to men.
Are you suggesting if all the staff of Laura Ashley were men they wouldn't be selling out? Of course they would.

I'm amazed by their turnover and profitability. Pretty amazing for one shop in the midst of a recession selling products you would have thought would hurt in bad economic times.
 

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Would this be the same shop, that I bought a very nice chair at €1350 for my office, and when it never arrived I was told by the people in that store that "you'll have to get on to head office"....

Jesus, Joe Higgins, writing in the Mail, and defending the workers of Thatcher's second favourite shop, (M&S was No.1)..

Ask Joe if he knows where my chair is....
Where do you work?

The chair for my office was secondhand and €20
 

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Anybody justifying the actions of Laura actually must have a screw loose. I'm not saying this from a Socialist perspective. Regardless of ideology you must fell some sympathy for these workers.

-The workers were told only 3 weeks ago that the shop would be closing.

-The workers were only told on Thursday that the shop would be closing the following day.

-Laura Ashley is refusing to recognise any unions

-Laura Ashley is offering only statutory minimum of 2 weeks pay per years service

These workers couldn't have possibly seen this coming. They were given very little notice and are now facing financial trouble especially if they are in debt like so many people are.
 

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Anybody justifying the actions of Laura actually must have a screw loose. I'm not saying this from a Socialist perspective. Regardless of ideology you must fell some sympathy for these workers.

-The workers were told only 3 weeks ago that the shop would be closing.

-The workers were only told on Thursday that the shop would be closing the following day.


-Laura Ashley is refusing to recognise any unions

-Laura Ashley is offering only statutory minimum of 2 weeks pay per years service

These workers couldn't have possibly seen this coming. They were given very little notice and are now facing financial trouble especially if they are in debt like so many people are.
On those 2 points as a capitalist I agree with you.
 


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