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Dell job losses deeply worrying – Morgan

29 April, 2008


Speaking in the Dáil today after news broke that 250 jobs are to be lost at the Dell Computer plants in Cherrywood and Limerick Sinn Féin Workers' Rights Spokesperson Arthur Morgan called on the Government to offer immediate help and training to workers who have been affected by these job losses.

Deputy Morgan said, "There is a deepening crisis in the economy with continuing job losses, the most recent being the announcement by Dell this afternoon that 250 jobs are to go in their Cherrywood plant in Dublin.

"There is an urgent need for the Government to outline what new measures they propose to introduce to sustain jobs in the economy. Upskilling and retraining of workers in vulnerable sectors and in vulnerable regions must be expedited.

"The Government must also offer immediate help and training to workers who have been affected by these job losses today.

"The fact that these job losses are high level jobs in a sector that is seen as growing is quite alarming. This is a sector in which it was hoped jobs lost in other sectors would be replaced. Indeed many workers who have lost jobs in traditional sectors have been training and upskillling for jobs in this sector. It is highly worrying that this sector is now beginning to leak jobs itself.

"The Government must do more to sustain jobs including increasing our competitiveness through infrastructural investment and development." ENDS

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