Talks between Eason and Irish workers union Siptu on job cuts will reconvene on Friday (25th November) after they failed to conclude yesterday (Wednesday 23rd).
A conclusion is expected this month to the long wait by staff at the Irish bookseller for a final decision on job losses, following weeks of negotiation. Up to 147 full-time positions are thought to be under threat. The discussions between Eason and the union are taking place through the Labour Relations Commission in Dublin.
Neither party would comment on the likely outcome ahead of final decisions.
Meanwhile in a separate development, Eason has announced its trading director, Tom Owens, is stepping down after 32 years’ service at the company. Owens, who will leave the company at the end of January, will also formally resign as director of Eason and Son Ltd.
Eason said Owens was leaving the company to "pursue other professional interests."
Eason Chairman, James Osbourne said: "Owens has made a major contribution to the book trade and retailing industry in Ireland and has been an excellent ambassador for Eason in his dealings with publishers, suppliers, authors and trade bodies."
Eason said is has commenced a “search and selection process” to appoint a replacement.