GAME’s Ireland staff make a stand against redundancy

Ireland's GAME staff take a stand.

GAME’s administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) announced yesterday they would be closing 277 GAME and Gamestation stores throughout the UK and Ireland, a statement punctuated by the clanging of shutters in towns, cities and high streets across both countries. Except that is for Monaghan, Co. Monaghan Ireland, where staff of GAME store #221 are staging a sit-in to protest the lack of 30 days notice for their redundancies. Staff also claim they’ve been offered nothing in the way of redundancy or compensation, and have been told by PwC to apply to the government for official state redundancy – a sum staff claim is a “fraction” of what they are entitled to.

“Just had an administrator at our door, ain’t getting our keys!” said Monaghan branch staff member Ben Lamb O’Sullivan, on his Facebook page earlier. “It’s all official now!” O’Sullivan also expressed staff’s concern for customers with gift cards that are now effectively worthless. “We know our jobs are gone, we just want what we are entitled to, as well as our customers who in some cases have a couple of €100 on gift cards in which they’ve been told they cannot redeem”

The crew of the Monaghan 221 aren’t the only ones taking a stand. Staff in Cork City’s St Patrick Street branch and Mahon Point Shopping Centre branch are also settling in for a sit-in and refusing to let administrators remove any stock from the shelves, according to “man stuff” site Joe.ie. Of the 277 GAME and Gamestation stores closed yesterday 14 were situated in Ireland, and around 2,104 people are believed to have lost their jobs as a result.

I can’t say I’m surprised this has happened and I have little hope of GAME’s staff anywhere getting the compensation they deserve for all their years of hard work. I know even less about Irish business law than I do about UK business law, or any law for that matter, but a cursory glance at this page on the Citizen’s Information Board website strongly suggests legislation is firmly on the side of GAME’s administrators in this case. Normally in cases of redundancy the onus is on an employer to pay statutory redundancy to all eligible employees. If the employer is unable or refuses to pay however, as in SwC’s case, then employees have little choice but to apply for direct payment from Ireland’s Social Insurance Fund (SIF) or take their claim to the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

None of which makes the way GAME’s staff have been treated any less-shitty, and needless to say they have both my best wishes and complete support in this.

Source: Eurogamer

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