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Pfizer job losses another crippling blow to Irish labour market

18 May, 2010


Speaking today after the announcement by pharmaceutical firm Pfizer that it is to cut 785 jobs at its Irish operations, Sinn Féin Spokesperson the Enterprise, Trade and Employment Arthur Morgan said the absence of a concrete job creation package is crippling our economic recovery.

Deputy Morgan said:

“We have been told time and time again that pharmaceuticals will be integral in the development of Ireland’s smart economy, yet the Government have failed to capitalise on this high-end industry which has the potential to create employment for thousands of skilled people across this State.

“While Pfizer are cutting jobs globally, this has dealt another crippling blow to the Irish labour market, where there are no prospects of alternative employment.

“The Government and its Ministers are quick to get a photo taken when there are any new job announcements, but they are consistently absent from the cold-face where people are losing their jobs.

“The Government is failing the people of this State and the absence of a concrete job creation package is crippling our economic recovery.” ENDS

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