Former Debenhams staff urge shoppers to #BoycottDebenhams this Christmas

Former Debenhams staff are urging people to #BoycottDebenhams when shopping online this Christmas. Róise Collins took to Twitter to see why it’s trending.

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Former Debenhams staff have launched a campaign urging shoppers to boycott the department store this Christmas. The workers have been on the picket line since the start of lockdown when Debenhams announced that their 11 stores would be going into liquidation – resulting in over 2,000 people losing their jobs. The workers have been disputing their redundancy terms with the liquidator, KPMG.

This week marked #222days of the workers picket line, and makes it one of the longest running pickets in the state.

Mick Barry TD raised this issue at the Dáil and pushed the Taoiseach for a solution. He explained why the workers are still picketing despite the cold weather or the fact that their in the midst of a lockdown – “liquidator’s KPMG refuse to give any guarantee that they will not attempt to move stock in level 5, the picket continues despite a High Court injunction and a threat of court summons’ and even jailings.

“These workers, overwhelmingly women, want to know, if you intend to intervene to resolve this dispute in time for them and their long suffering families to have a decent Christmas?” he said.

Many other TD’s have voiced their support and solidarity with the workers. Such as Bríd Smith, Seán Crowe and Thomas Pringle.

Another popular tweet by @KarenCullinane1 said: “When shopping for presents this Christmas, please be mindful to boycott Denhams Online in solidarity with the Debenhams workers who have been on strike now for 222 days.” 

A Twitter account in support of the workers tweeted emphasising why it’s important not to be lured in by the company’s #BlackFriday sales.

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