Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan is seeking an urgent meeting with the Senior Management of the Quinn Group (IBRC) and Minister of Finance Michael Noonan TD regarding the news that further jobs are to go within Quinn Group with a voluntary redundancy scheme opened for all employees based in the Derrylin/Ballyconnell area.
Mr Flanagan, who is the Deputy Chair of the Assembly Enterprise,Trade & Investment Committee (DETI), has also tabled a priority question to the DETI Minister, Arlene Foster MLA to establish if she has made any representations regarding these announcements.
Mr Flanagan said:
“Recent days have seen worrying announcements of job losses at Quinn Radiators and the outsourcing of Quinn Group’s IT department. Now there are reports of a voluntary redundancy scheme being opened for all Quinn Group employees based in the Derrylin/Ballyconnell area. This development is being dressed up as creating redeployment opportunities in other parts of the business.
“This is devastating news for the Quinn Group workforce and the entire local economy and community, which is heavily reliant on these jobs.
“The employees of the Quinn Group deserve to know what the future plans for the Group are. As a significant employer in this community it is imperative that measures are taken to preserve the jobs in this area.
“It is my understanding that as a shareholder in the Quinn Group, that Minister of Finance Michael Noonan TD has a say in any substantial loss of jobs within the company and that the announcements of smaller numbers of redundancies is an attempt to circumvent any authority that he may have in this process.
“That is wholly unacceptable and I have sought urgent meetings with both IBRC and Michael Noonan to seek some clarity on this in an attempt to secure the future of the company in the Fermanagh/Cavan area.
“I have also tabled a priority question to the DETI Minister Arlene Foster to establish what contact , if any, she has had with IBRC in relation to the most recent announcements.”
Sinn Féin Erne West Councillor Barry Doherty added:
“This is heart-breaking news for all of those involved and those who will be affected by these decisions.
“As a locally elected representative, I will continue to do all that I can to protect existing jobs in this area and this includes putting pressure on the Senior Management team to come clean on their plans for the future.“On the one hand, they claim they are fully committed to this area but within a matter of days we are informed of job relocations and redundancies.“The local community is not happy with this and we demand clarity on the plans for both the short term and the long term future of the company.
“Perceived double speak from those at the top of the Quinn Group cannot continue and we will be seeking to establish the full truth behind these actions.”