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Roisin Butler

Iceland staff reoccupy Coolock store amid pay dispute

Iceland staff have recommenced their sit-in protest at Coolock as concern grows over their pay.

Staff in Coolock previously staged a protest at their former workplace after learning their store had closed. They agreed to leave the premises after receiving reassurances they would receive backdated pay.

However, People Before Profit's Bernard Mulvany claimed staff have not been given further updates from Iceland. Coolock workers recommenced their protest this morning, with actor Liam Cunningham lending his support to staff.

Talbot Street staff took over their branch on Monday and have a rotating pattern of workers occupying the store, day and night. A young female staff member confirmed to Dublin Live that workers sleep on the shop floor overlooking the street.

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The worker added: "We were told this day last week the shop had closed and we had to get out. People had clocked in already and we received a phone call saying we'd have to leave."

The sit in continues at the Talbot Street branch (Roisin Butler)

Workers said support from local businesses on Talbot Street has been invaluable. Staff from nearby shops have paid them a visit and redistributed leaflets about the protest.

Bernard is calling on the recently closed Northside branch to join the growing demonstration. He claimed that one Talbot Street worker is owed €1000 in pay from the company.

Dublin Live has contacted the interim examiner of Iceland for comment.

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