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Tuesday 21 November 2017

La Senza made €235k last month but won't pay us

WORKERS staging a sit-in at the Liffey Valley branch of the La Senza lingerie chain have vowed to stay put until they get paid.

More than 100 workers in 15 shops are affected by the sudden closure of the chain of lingerie shops, which shut its doors on Monday after going into administration.

They now face redundancy and fear they will not be paid for work and overtime they did over Christmas and New Year.

They also fear it will take them months to get redundancy payments.

Staff say they were given the news of the closure by administrators KPMG on Monday evening and were told not to go to work yesterday.

But the Liffey Valley branch of the chain has now become the centre of a sit-in by staff from all over the country, who have vowed not to move until they get clarity on back-pay.

"We have their stock and they are not getting it back," said Lynn Higgins Gill, one of the managers at Liffey Valley's La Senza.

"This store made €235,520 over Christmas and this is how we are being treated."



REDUNDANT



A statement from La Senza to the Herald said: "Unfortunately the closure of all six La Senza stores in Ireland on our appointment as administrators resulted in 93 redundancies.

"Staff made redundant as a result of company failure are entitled to claim for their statutory entitlements under the Insolvency Payments scheme. We are writing to all staff individually to inform them of the process going forward to claim their entitlements," it added.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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