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DETI Minister Must Intervene to Save Jobs

30 August, 2011

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has said the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster must intervene to save over 200 Jobs at Omagh Meats. Mr. Doherty made the call following claims that 200 jobs were under threat at the Omagh Meats plant. The revelations came as a third of the workforce; numbering 70 people were involved in a strike over restructuring.

Speaking on the issue the local MP said:

“I would call on the DETI minister Arlene Foster to intervene to save the jobs at Omagh Meats. Such a jobs blow would be devastating to the local area and the local economy. The company employs a substantial workforce and this threat is followed through on it will have a hugely adverse impact on the 230 families concerned.

“I would like to see a positive approach being brought to the situation which would involve management at the plant, workers and their unions sitting down and coming to an agreement which would secure the jobs and fair terms and conditions. Such face to face talks may also require the facilitation of the Labour Relations Agency. With so many jobs under threat such an approach must be forthcoming.

“In the absence of any such process I would call for direct intervention from the DETI Minister Arlene Foster who should intervene in the interest of saving over 200 jobs in the local area.

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