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Former Debenhams staff reject dispute resolutions

Former Debenhams employees have rejected proposals for a €3m training fund aimed at resolving their long-running dispute over redundancy payments.

The proposal formed part of settlement terms formulated by the Chairman of the Labour Court Kevin Foley after the Government commissioned him to examine the circumstances surrounding the dispute.

Around 1,000 workers lost their jobs when the company's Irish operation went into liquidation last April. Since then, workers and their union Mandate have been campaigning to secure enhanced redundancy payments of four weeks' pay per year of service as provided for under a 2016 collective agreement, rather than the bare statutory minimum of two weeks' pay per year of service capped at €600 a week.

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