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Stay To Try To Save 40 Meath Jobs

Thursday, December 19, 2013

GMB Secures Stay Till April 2014 In Dublin High Court For Attempt To Save 40 Jobs In Mcelhinneys Store In Athboy, County Meath

We will use time to try to secure the jobs with the current employer or ensure a TUPE transfer with any prospective buyer of the premises and/or the business as a going concern says GMB.

GMB has secured a stay, in the High Court on 18th December, till April 2014 on an order giving the receiver possession of McElhinneys in Athboy, County Meath.

GMB, on behalf of members, sought to prevent the receiver taking possession of the operation making clear that if an order was granted the consequences would be to close the business - which is viable- and 40 jobs would be lost.

GMB asked the court to adjourn granting the order sought by the receiver, appointed by Bank of Ireland in March 2013, covering McElhinneys department store, McElhinneys bridal shop and a property on Main Street, Athboy.

GMB want the receiver and the banks to negotiate to help avoid the closure of the business - which is viable - and prevent 40 job losses and time is needed for this.

David Kearney, GMB Regional Officer in Dublin said “The outcome is a great result for our members as the Judge refused to grant an order to the receiver and instead put stay on the order until a full hearing in April 2014.

GMB members are delighted with the outcome and which could not have been achieved without the support of the union. Protecting jobs was one of the key issues for the Judge who acknowledged the presence of GMB members in the courtroom.

GMB will use the time till April to try to secure the jobs with the current employer or ensure a TUPE transfer with any prospective buyer of the premises and/or the business as a going concern.”

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Contact Dave Kearney 087 329 1300 or GMB press office 0044 7921 289880

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