This evening at 5pm Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams will host a briefing for TDs and Seanadóirí by the Diageo workers from the Diageo brewery in Dundalk. There will be a doorstep afterward at which the media can speak to the workers and to those who attended the briefing.
The Louth TD invited the workers to visit the Dáil during the first week of its resumption to meet and lobby Oireachtas members for support in their ongoing negotiations with Diageo over job losses and a redundancy settlement.
The Louth TD met the Diageo workers in July and was briefed by them.
Teachta Adams said:
“Last January, as part of a restructuring strategy Diageo announced the closure of the country’s oldest operating brewery in Kilkenny and its Dundalk plant, which first started as the Great Northern Railway Brewery in 1897.
The impact of Diageo’s decision is evident in the jobs lost:
- 63 permanent diageo job losses in Dundalk
- 45 contract worker job losses in Dundalk
- 45 permanent job losses in Kilkenny
- 100 contract worker job losses in Kilkenny
- 253 job losses in total
Since then the workers and the Diageo management have been in negotiation over a redundancy package for the workers, some of whom have worked in the plant for 30 years.
Eight months on and no redundancy arrangements have been agreed with the workers.
I have invited the workers to come to the Dáil today to explain the current situation to TDs and Seanadóirí.”