Delay in payments to workers made redundant by Limerick firm

SIPTU Sector Organiser John Regan

A DELAY in processing payments to workers made redundant by Limerick civil engineering and construction firm Roadbridge has been resolved after discussions between the Department of Social Protection and SIPTU officials.

SIPTU Sector Organiser John Regan said that former Roadbridge workers were unable to access the payments due to them for several weeks.

The union has now been advised that workers can contact the Department of Social Protection to begin the processing of their individual redundancy payments.

Mr Regan said the situation arose due to the failure of Roadbridge’s directors to provide a written statement of company affairs to the Department until last week.

“This is a statutory requirement and the delay in fulfilling it resulted in the Department being unable process the payments. It is situation which has left workers in unnecessary financial hardship after long service with Roadbridge,” he explained.

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“The situation was further exacerbated by the receiver, Grant Thornton, failing to deliver basic information to Revenue concerning the collective employment termination date of these workers. Due to this the workers have to enter their individual termination date to secure their payments.”

SIPTU Organiser, Stephen Lewis, said that the former Roadbridge workers can begin the payment processing themselves by accessing their Revenue Online Service (ROS) account where they can update their end of employment date.

“When the date of termination is updated, members should email with their name PPS Number and confirmation that they have updated their date of termination of employment on ROS.

“SIPTU members experiencing any problems in relation to this process can contact their union organiser for assistance,” he added.