People Before Profit spokesperson on workers’ rights, Paul Murphy TD, has condemned the announcement that Argos plans to close all its stores in Ireland.
“This is a cruel blow to the 580 workers affected. It underlines how vulnerable retail workers are in the current environment. We will redouble our efforts to get the Debenhams Bill passed into law to protect other retail workers in situations where a company declares bankruptcy.”
Argos is owned by Sainsbury’s which remains a profitable company. Why should workers lose their jobs just to increase profits that already run into the hundreds of millions of euros?
People Before Profit will be talking with Argos workers in the coming days and will support workers fighting to retain their jobs or for improved redundancy.