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"Some Adams jobs may yet be saved, but we need to take steps to assist people" - McLaughlin

5 January, 2009

Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson and chair of the Assembly Finance and Personnel Committee Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has said that the administrators need to do all in their power to safeguard jobs at the children's clothes chain Adams in the Six Counties.
Mr McLaughlin,

"Administrators of Adams, Pricewaterhousecoopers, have said that a possible 60 jobs could yet be saved with the clothing chain here in the North and they must do all in their power to achieve this.

"Obviously in the current economic climate with job losses becoming an ever increasing and harsh reality for many citizens, any news that jobs could be saved will no doubt be welcomed by staff members.

"Sadly the reality for many Adams staff and other workers, is that jobs are being lost, effected by the current economic downturn. I want to send solidarity to those workers finding themselves without employment at a no doubt difficult time.

"The Assembly and Executive have an obligation to do what it can to help citizens through this current economic climate; this means taking practical measures that will positively affect people in this position. It means making a real difference in people's lives.

"This is particularly difficult given an issue that I have raised many times, the lack of fiscal and tax powers within devolved Government. This is but one measure that needs to change in order for us to have appositive impact upon people who are finding themselves increasing impacted upon by world economic events."

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