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Call for creative response following meeting with Seagate‏ management

2 November, 2007

Following a meeting between Sinn Féin MLAs Raymond McCartney and Martina Anderson and Mr John Spangler General Manager Seagate to discuss Seagate's future in the North West and recent redundancies Mr McCartney has called for a creative response from the company and from the Executive.

Mr McCartney said:

"At the meeting we raised a number of issues including Mr Spangler's assertion that the Derry plant is secured for the next three to four years. We discussed with him that this needed to be conveyed to the workforce and that he reasoned that steps had already been taken.

"We also outlined a number of suggestions which should feature in the consultation phase now taking place in relation to the proposed closure of the Limavady plant

"These included the need for re-training, a fund being made available to assist this, the possibility of re-skilling workers to transfer to the Springtown plant. We also asked the Company to give consider to some form of a community renewal initiative.

"We highlighted the example of Molins in Derry, where the company after interventions from the workforce gifted the factory and plant and made a contribution of £750,000 towards the establishment of Maydown Precision Engineering. The Company agreed that this is something which we could return to in the near future.

"Although many people are now resigned to an imminent loss of jobs Sinn Féin will continue in our efforts to assert the need for a coordinated approach to strengthen economic prospects of the North West and address regional disparity." ENDS

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