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Axed Game store staff stage sit-ins

Axed staff at Game stores across Ireland have vowed to stage sit-ins after being left "in limbo" by management.

The struggling computer games retailer was put into administration on Monday morning after failing to reach a rescue deal over the weekend.

It closed half the UK portfolio of shops, as well as 13 stores in Ireland - affecting 121 staff members.

Cork-based James Daly, a spokesman for the workers, claimed there had been no communication since Monday, when staff were ordered to pack up stock to be shipped back to the UK.

"We have been left in limbo," said Mr Daly, who intends to sleep in the Mahon Point store. "We just want an opportunity to talk with administrators and begin some kind of dialogue."

Senior personnel from PwC Ireland, on behalf of the PwC UK Administrators, met with store managers and union representatives in relation to the situation on Tuesday. But no-one in PwC Ireland has been officially appointed to represent the administrators and no-one from the UK has spoken directly to staff.

PwC confirmed all employees on the loss-making stores were being made redundant and wages for the month of March would be paid this week. "A further meeting between representatives of the administrators' and employee representatives is being arranged," it added.

But Mr Daly claimed the UK administrators ignored Irish employment law by not giving 30 days notice for collective redundancies and by not entering into a period of consultation.

He said: "They just assume the law is the same as the UK. We were told 'Go to the Government and claim your statutory redundancy'. That could take up to a year or 18 months to go through while Game is still trading in the UK.

"We do not want the Irish Government to have to pay for something we believe a company in the UK should pay for."

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