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Sinn Féin meets with Seagate Management and employees

8 November, 2007


Sinn Féin's Francie Brolly MLA (East Derry) has met with the manager of Seagate in Limavady to discuss the measures that need to be put in place to assist the 900 workers who face job loss in the next nine months.

Francie Brolly said:

"I will work with management and workers to minimize the effects of this devastating announcement to ensure that the workers receive the best redundancy package possible. I will be seeking implementation of measures to assist them in upskilling, retraining and education to equip them to seek other forms of employment.

"I have a number of areas of concern such as the conditions attached to the severance offer that would deny workers their entitlements if they accept job offers prior to complete closure. The only determinate for severance pay should be length of service.

"Another area of deep concern is around the situation of almost 200 of these workers who have been recruited through Employment Agencies. These workers situation is particularly dire as they don't know what package if any the Company is going to offer. These workers rights and entitlements should not be allowed to be denied through some slight of hand by the company using technicalities to claim that they are not employed directly by Seagate. They must receive the same package as other workers based on length of service.

"I will be meeting with the workers on these issues, accompanied by the Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA on Friday evening."



NOTE TO EDITORS:

Francie Brolly MLA and Mitchel McLaughlin MLA will met with Seagate Workers at 8pm Friday 8th November at the Limavady Leisure Centre.

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