4HOMES AGREE DEAL WITH HUNGER STRIKER
Father of nine, John Lane of Ballylanders and his former employers 4Home Stores have reached a settlement.
Mr Lane was one of 40 employees that lost their jobs when 4Home Stores closed their outlets in Mitchelstown and Fermoy last August. The workers rejected the redundancy package offered and, after a sit in at the Mitchelstown outlet by the staff, 4Home Stores management agreed to increase the initial package.
All the employees, with the exception of John Lane, then agreed to the revised package offer by the company.
A week before Christmas, John Lane drove his car into the middle of the town square and as his protest got underway, announced that he was on hunger strike until he received from the company the redundancy package recommended by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).
“I have over 38 years service with the company and the redundancy package offered by 4Home Stores is not acceptable to me,” Mr Lane told The Avondhu at the time.
It was not until late on Christmas Eve that an agreement was reached between Mr. Lane and 4Home Stores.
“I have agreed to go back to the LRC for binding arbitration in January,” he said. It has been reported that the case has now been heard by the LRC and that the matter has been resolved.
“The case is now closed, as per the agreement with Mr Lane, the LRC recommendation is binding and the matter is closed,” a spokesperson for 4Home Stores told The Avondhu.
However, because of a confidentiality clause in the agreement between Mr Lane and the company the terms of the package cannot be reported.
Thursday 4th February 6:55pm