Documentary about Debenhams strike will air in UCC tonight

A documentary about the Debenhams strike will air in UCC tonight.

“406 days” tells the story of Irelands longest running industrial relations dispute.

In April 2020 the retailer Debenhams informed around 1000 of their employees via email that they were pulling out of Ireland and closing their 11 stores.

The email told employees they would not receive the redundancies that were agreed in 2016 negotiations and workers took immediate action and mounted picket lines which they maintained for 406 days.

Speaking to RedFM News, former employee of Debenhams Valerie Conlon says a case on the way staff were treated is currently before the Workplace Relations Commission:

We’re still waiting for the results of that, so that is the case of that wee didn’t get enough notice so that’s really the main point of it and they did mandate did go back for a second stage last Friday week. So we’re hoping now that we hear so and that it can be done and over with so like it could mean a couple of weeks wages for all the staff that were laid off.”

Tickets for 406 days at UCC’s Boole Library can be got on Eventbrite.


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