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900 job losses yet no Assembly statement

5 November, 2007


Sinn Féin East Derry MLA Francie Brolly has said that it is a disgrace that a week after the announcement that 900 jobs will go from the Seagate operation in Limavady there is no Ministerial statement from the DETI Minister Nigel Dodds and a refusal by the Speaker to allow a Priority Question on the issue.

Mr Brolly also voiced concern about agency staff who have been employed at the Limavady Factory, some for a number of years, who will not be eligible for any redundancy.

Mr Brolly said:

"The announcement of 900 job losses at the Seagate Factory in Limavady has sent a shockwave not just through the local area but across the North West.

"These job losses also expose some of the fundamental problems with our current approach to job creation. It highlights the reality of globalization. Our current strategy is over dependent on Foreign Direct Investment as opposed to increasing the skills base of the workforce and growing indigenous businesses."

Mr Brolly added that it was totally unacceptable that there was no statement to the Assembly from the DETI Minister Nigel Dodds. He added:

"A week after the announcement of 900 job losses in the North West it is totally unacceptable that there is no statement from the Minister who is responsible for the economy.

"It is also totally frustrating that the Speakers Office has refused to allow a Priority Question on this issue. The Assembly is there to hold Ministers to account and to ensure that issues of pressing public concern are properly and promptly addressed."

On the issue of redundancies Mr Brolly has said that a number of people working at the Limavady factory but employed through employment agencies and not Seagate had contacted his office. He said:

"It has now emerged that many people working at the Seagate factory in Limavady, including some who have been there for a number of years, are employed through employment agencies and as a result are not eligible for any redundancy." ENDS

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