Dept. of Social Protection to host briefing sessions on welfare & employment supports for Clerys Workers

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Monday, 15 June 2015: The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D. has confirmed today that officials in the Department will hold briefing sessions for the staff of Clerys Department Store who lost their jobs last Friday evening.

The Tánaiste said: "This is a very difficult time for the staff of Clerys who gave so much to the company and, frankly, have been treated very badly. Officials from the Department of Social Protection will provide briefing sessions on welfare and employment supports to all 460 staff early this week at which they will get full information specific to their individual circumstances. The details of the briefing sessions which will be made available to staff and their union representatives."

The Department is seeking to contact the liquidator this morning to establish a range of issues.

In recent similar engagements, the Department has provided such services to former employees of Mount Carmel Hospital and Olhausens who were involved in large scale redundancies.

At briefings of this type, officials from the Department advise the employees who have lost their jobs on the Intreo process, jobseekers payments and redundancy entitlements as well as information on other schemes, including rent supplement. Information is also given in relation to options and assistance available relating to returning to work, and in relation to Short Term Enterprise Allowance, as well as training and education options.

The Department will also facilitate Clerys workers with centralised taking, processing and awarding of claims at a single office before distribution to appropriate local offices. To help the Department officials with this, all those attending a briefing session will be asked to bring identification and their PPS number with them.

The workers who were employees of companies other than Clerys, and who were also working in the store, will also be invited to attend the briefing sessions.

The Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys, T.D. said: "This is a terrible blow for the staff of Clerys and I want to assure all those who have lost their jobs that the Department of Social Protection will make every possible effort to ensure that the process of signing on for a welfare payment is as smooth as possible. The officials are there to help you get through this very difficult time and to guide you on what supports are there for you and what steps you need to take to get back into employment as quickly as possible."

Information on the Department of Social Protection Briefing Sessions will be advised as soon as the details are finalised.

Last modified:15/06/2015