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Breaking: Paris Bakery Occupation Ending.

In Blog, Politics by Rashers Tierney7 Comments

  GREAT news for #ParisBakery workers: just got official confirmation from Revenue that they’re stepping in, so the workers can FINALLY leave! — MigrantRightsCentre (@MigrantRightsIR) June 10, 2014 This literally just in. A press release from the Migrant Rights Centre saying the Paris Bakery Occupation is ending at 17:30. The occupation was 19 days in. The workers had spent part of yesterday talking about the possibilities of a co-op. According to the press release: A letter was hand-delivered to the premises this afternoon notifying the Paris Bakery owners of Revenue’s intention to wind up the company in the High Court. This … Read More

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Exploitation Baguette Solidarity

In Blog, Politics by Rashers Tierney2 Comments

The practically omnipotent Paula G strikes with another video insight on fightbacks here. Tara Keane, a former La Senza worker (remember them?) had this to say: I was working for La Senza, a highly successful retailer in Ireland. We worked all through Christmas, all through New year without being paid and then one night we got a phone call from England saying “don’t come to work tomorrow.” We made the decision to occupy the shop to guarantee our wage. And like the workers in the Paris Bakery we had fantastic support from the public. From trade unions and other organisations, and … Read More

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It Was A Very Crusty Protest.

In Blog by Rashers Tierney0 Comments

‘No pay is not ok. Enda must act!’ Big protest at Dáil now as #ParisBakery workers demand justice. @MigrantRightsIR — Ruairí McKiernan (@ruairimckiernan) June 4, 2014 #ParisBakery workers and supporters at the Dáil — Workers Solidarity (@WSMIreland) June 4, 2014 Good support for the #ParisBakery workers demonstrating outside Leinster House @labouryouth @YoungWorkersNet @siptu — Marty O’Prey (@MartyOPrey) June 4, 2014 They came armed with baguettes and supporters. Paris Bakery Workers gathered at the Dail at 1pm. They rallied put pressure on the government to act and close a loop hole that has left their employer scarpering with a huge … Read More

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Bread And Circuses

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn4 Comments

Ministers Joan Burton and Joe Costello visited the Paris Bakery on Monday and met with workers and supporters occupying the premises. The workers have been left without wages (as detailed here) and are occupying until they find justice. Union representatives had choice words for the visiting Ministers and left them in no doubt that this better be more than a photo opportunity following a disastrous election weekend for Labour. Results are needed for these workers, now. Transcript follows from the 5th minute of video: John Douglas, President Irish Congress Trade Unions: We brought this to Govt’s attention years ago. Connolly Shoes  workers … Read More

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Occupy Your Rights: Employees Entitlements

In Blog by Fedayn0 Comments

  Following the success of the Vita Cortex workers’ occupation, employees of businesses in financial trouble may look to sit-ins as a way of securing their entitlements. Here’s a handy guide drawn up by Hayes Solicitors. Worth noting that Employees are ‘Preferred Creditors’ in Ireland but ranked behind ‘Revenue, Liquidator and holders of fixed charges [usually banks]’. In the UK the Crown (the equivalent of Revenue) was removed as a Preferred Creditor in 2002 legislation, furthering Employees’ Rights. Have a read of the guide after the jump.   Q: My employer is insolvent – what steps can I take? If … Read More

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No Dough Low Blow, Owners Call The Po Po

In Blog, Politics by Fedayn3 Comments

  The unpaid workers from Paris Bakery have occupied the premises on Moore Street. Gardaí were called and the owner Yannick Forel and staff were spoken to. It seems that undercover Gardaí on site were not going to prevent the occupation of the premises earlier today. Follows the statement issued by workers, see links at bottom for continued updates.  UPDATE: Billy Wall from OPATSI Union (representing the workers) is denied access by Gardaí STATEMENT FROM OCCUPYING WORKERS: Paris Bakery workers stage sit in to demand stolen wages Wage theft is illegal We the workers have been picketing the Paris Bakery & Pastry … Read More

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Yeast-er Rising

In Blog, Culture, Politics by Fedayn10 Comments

The French are Revolting.  As many as 20 staff of the Paris Bakery restaurant on 18 Moore St. are picketing the premises this morning over unpaid wages. Reports from staff who arrived to work this morning at the historic address are that they found themselves locked out without notice. Some haven’t been paid since March, one worker claims to be owed €3,o00. The Bakery’s premises is due to be bulldozed as part of the scheme to build a shopping mall and small museum over the historic spot where the Easter Rising saw it’s last days and hours. The Bakery had … Read More