Peadar Tóibin TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation criticised the government’s complete failure to intervene to save jobs at Spicer’s Bakery which closed yesterday.
Speaking today Deputy Tóibín said;
“While well paid Government Ministers and their advisors deliver a blizzard of words about difficult decisions and stabilisation in the economy, the real pain of this government’s failures is being felt in communities across this state.
“Yesterday Spicer’s Bakery closed after trading since 1834. Over the last two years 50 workers have lost their jobs. Last year I raised the matter of these job losses directly with the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton seeking the creation of an emergency task force to engage with Spicer’s and other businesses like it before they collapse.
“Yesterday the last 20 workers were let go. Some of those workers had been with the firm for up to 45 years. Since I first raised the issue the company had continued baking and sought to trade their way out of difficulty, identifying and supplying new markets.
“While the company worked to remain afloat, at no point has any government agency intervened in order to advise or support the company or its workforce. There is no evidence that anybody from for the Department of Enterprise and Employment even contacted the company. The company, like so many others, has been allowed to fail.
“Spicer’s and 1,400 other businesses that close their doors every month are victims of a government ideology which is deepening the recession. Domestic demand is being snuffed out with every billion that this government is siphoning out of the economy and into the bond holders pockets.
“Job retention policies similar to those that are used in Germany need to be put in place, emergency task forces need to engage in redeveloping the business models of Irish SMEs and the government needs to strategically stimulate demand. Otherwise the only options open for these workers and thousands of others like them is Department of Social Protection or emigration.”