In a new twist to the already slightly crazy story of UK video games retailer GAME's current financial woes, Silicon Republic is reporting that a number of former GAME employees based in Ireland are staging a protest over what they allege is shoddy treatment from their former employer.
Employees at the Monaghan location in Ireland began a sit-in at the now closed location, and other employees from other Irish locations have evidently followed suit. The issue at hand? The matter of back pay and redundancy benefits, of which the ex-employees say they were denied by GAME and their administrator, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
According to their statement, none of the Irish GAME employees were offered any pay beyond the remainder of their March paycheck. As PricewaterhouseCoopers is focused on the UK portion of the administration process, they have allegedly failed to assign an administrator to handle the Irish closures, and rather directed former Irish employees to instead seek redundancy entitlements from the Irish government, while making no effort to support them in that effort.
The Irish employees state that they have no desire to make themselves a burden for the Irish taxpayers, nor do they want to wait the year it would take to go through the redundancy entitlement process with the Irish government. Instead, they are asking for the same attention and benefits afforded to UK GAME employees affected by the layoffs.
The full statement from the Irish protesters can be read here. As of now, GAME has yet to respond to the Irish ex-employees' demands, though PricewaterhouseCooper has promised to update the protesters soon. If you have any interest in showing the Irish employees your support, they have a Facebook page set up here.