Dublin City Council to vote on Clerys construction boycott tonight

A motion tabled for builders to show solidarity with former staff

Dublin City Council to vote on Clerys construction boycott tonight

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Dublin City Council will vote on an emergency motion tonight calling on contractors to protest the treatment of former Clerys employees by refusing to work on the redevelopment of the famous department store.

The motion has been tabled by Independent councillors Christy Burke and Nial Ring. According to the Irish Times, it calls on builders to boycott the redevelopment unless the members of staff who lost their jobs last year are "compensated properly for their services or guaranteed a job in the new development". 

Such a move would follow the lead of specialist contractor Lambstongue, which opted not to carry out work on the O'Connell Street site last month unless owners meet with workers, due to feeling "deeply uneasy" about their treatment.

With the closure of the department store last year, 130 people directly employed were immediately made redundant, with a further 330 workers employed by concessions which operated in Clerys also affected.

OCS Properties is seeking permission from Dublin City Council to create a hotel, offices, shops and a restaurant in the space.

The company says the redevelopment will create 1,073 construction jobs. Once it has opened, 1,450 will be employed, with OCS also claiming that it will be responsible for another 1,115 indirect jobs and generate €329 million to the economy.

DKM Economic Consultants have pointed out that the building will employ 330 in retail, which could help many of the former Clerys staff.