Pfizer job losses a devastating blow – O’Brien
Speaking today regarding the announcement of job losses at Pfizer, Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien said;
“Pfizer employees were devastated by the announcement of 785 job losses at its Irish operations in 2010. Sinn Féin said back then that the absence of a concrete job creation and retention package was crippling economic recovery and that is still true today.
“Pfizer today announced that 177 positions will be reduced during 2013 at two manufacturing sites in Cork, Little Island and Ringaskiddy. We have been told time and time again that pharmaceuticals will be integral in the development of Ireland’s smart economy, yet the government has failed to capitalise on this high-end industry which has the potential to create employment for thousands of skilled people across this State and now people are losing their jobs due to patent expiration of pharmaceuticals manufactured by Pfizer. This has dealt another crippling blow to the labour market in Cork, where there are no prospects of alternative employment.
“After over a year in office, redundancies, unemployment and emigration have become the constant theme of this Fine Gael and Labour administration. Ministers are quick enough to issue statements claiming credits when there a couple of jobs being created, but are nowhere to be seen when hundreds of 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. The lack of investment in infrastructure has prevented growth. All the while the government continues to hand billions of tax payers’ euros to bondholders and prop up property developers. The government cannot wash its hands of responsibility for unemployment and redundancies. Its policies are not working and it is our people who are paying the cost.”