Saturday October 24, 2020

Trouble in store: Workers continue fight to prevent a ‘Debenhams II’

Last month, former Debenhams workers found themselves in jail after occupying the store in Henry Street. The Taoiseach has described their treatment as shabby, and they continue to believe they deserve more than statutory redundancy

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
27th September, 2020

Jane Crowe sat in a cell in Store Street Garda Station, a rubber sleeping mat on one side, a hole in the floor serving as a toilet on the other, wondering how it had come to this.

Crowe had been working for Debenhams for 24 years and was among the first group of Irish employees in 1996 when the company opened a branch in Jervis Street.

She had started off in security before moving to customer services,...

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