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Sinn Féin Proposes Employment Committee Job Creation ‘Field Trip’

1 November, 2007


At the first meeting of the Enterprise, Trade and Employment Committee this afternoon Sinn Féin's Enterprise and Employment spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD proposed that the Committee initiate an investigation into what needs to be done to create new jobs in regional towns which have been hit by a recent state of job losses.

As part of such an investigation Morgan proposed that the Committee undertake a 'field trip' to the East Cork and Waterford region. He also proposed that SIPTU be invited to address the Committee on its current campaign on Agency Workers.

Speaking after the meeting Morgan said, "At this afternoon's meeting I proposed that the Committee initiate an investigation into what needs to be done to create new jobs in regional towns which have been hit by a recent spate of job losses. As part of such an investigation I proposed that the Committee undertake a 'field trip' to the East Cork and Waterford region to allow members of the Committee to meet those affected - including workers, unions, chambers of commerce and local representatives of the IDA and Enterprise Ireland.

"In recent weeks we have had the announcement that Amgen has postponed indefinitely its plans to establish a plant at Carrigtwohill while today we have the news that 470 jobs are to be cut at Waterford Crystal. These are just the latest in a long line of such announcements in this region.

"In addition I proposed that SIPTU be invited to address the Committee on its current campaign on Agency Workers and the legislative changes which they are seeking. The treatment of workers employed trough agencies and how their rights and entitlements are protected is a key issue that needs to be tackled if we are to really crack down on the exploitation of workers." ENDS

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