WATCH: Clerys Santa presented with his P45 outside department store

Mr Claus' double is one of the hundreds of workers who lost his job

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Santa arrives at Clerys on O'Connell Street in 2011 | Image:

Former Clerys workers have presented the store's Santa with his P45 outside the iconic Dublin shop.

It has been six months since the closing of Clerys, with workers saying they still have not been contacted by new owners Natrium.

Mr Claus' double is just one of the hundreds of workers who lost his job when the shop closed last summer.

Trade union SIPTU says their North Pole representative was a regular employee and on a fixed-term contract before the firm Natrium bought Clerys and decided to liquidate the business.

Former staff have held several protests since the store shut, calling for the new owners to discuss the closure and its human consequences. Natrium has so far refused to sit down with ex-employees.

SIPTU organiser, Robert Purfield, says this Christmas will not be merry for them.

The protest was also accompanied by a piece of street theatre, during which names on this year's 'naughty and nice' list were read out by workers.

Susie Gaynor-McGowan worked in the store for 11 years.

She says it is particularly hard to deal with their situation at this time of year.