Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called for job security for workers at Suttons Oil. Speaking on the issue Deputy Colreavy said:
“Suttons Oil is a state owned oil distribution company, and a subsidiary of Bord na Mona. The company is set to be sold to the private oil distribution company Corrib Oil.
“The workers at Suttons Oil must be protected by any sale of the company to a private operator. The company currently have around 30 staff operating out of the Munster area.
“These jobs must be protected and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, must take steps to ensure that this is achieved.
“Questions must also be asked regarding the sale of Suttons Oil to a private company that has been convicted of being part of a price fixing cartel. The Minister must seek assurances that the company is now operating fully above board.
“It is also regrettable that a state owned company is being sold to a private operator. This is a part of a worrying trend of the privatisation agenda and questions must be asked as to what next will be privatised.
“I will be raising the issue with the Minister on the resumption of Dáil business next week.” ENDS