Press Release

SIPTU secures payments for workers made redundant by Roadbridge receivership

Date Released: 16 March 2022

SIPTU representatives have secured financial supports from the Department of Social Protection for members made redundant after the civil engineering and construction firm, Roadbridge, was placed in receivership.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Regan, said: “SIPTU officials met with the representatives of the accountancy firm Grant Thornton, which is acting as receiver for Roadbridge, on Monday (14th March) in relation to the sudden termination of its business by the company.

“Following discussions involving the Department of Social Protection, initial payments of job seekers allowance were provided yesterday (Tuesday, 15th March) evening. All such payments are to be processed urgently for our members by the Department which confirmed that they have a team in place to assist with individual queries.

“After further discussions with officials in the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment, SIPTU representatives also secured the right of workers to seek new employment while maintaining their redundancy payments made through the state insolvency fund. This is provided on the basis that workers do not terminate their employment with Roadbridge during the 30 day redundancy consultation period which will end on the 14th April.”

SIPTU Organiser, Stephen Lewis, said: “SIPTU representatives have also contacted the Construction Workers Pension Scheme concerning the continued protection of the workers’ pension, death in service and sick pay allowances. We await a response from it on this matter. SIPTU members in Roadbridge are mainly employed in the outdoor construction grades. That these workers, some with more than 30 years’ service at the company, have been left dependent on the state insolvency fund to secure their minimum redundancy entitlements, is disgraceful.”

He added: “We are calling on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, to encourage the Receiver to identify other companies which could take over the €700 million in unfinished capital projects on the Roadbridge order books.

“Such a move could save a considerable number of jobs and the associated costs of activating the state insolvency fund to provide for the redundancy payments for the 625 workers who are losing their jobs.”

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