Government must take all action possible to save HMV jobs – Cullinane
Sinn Féin Workers’ Rights spokesperson Senator David Cullinane has expressed his concern at the news that music company HMV is on the brink of being placed into administration in Britain. Senator Cullinane noted that the company has 26 stores in Ireland, 16 in the south and 10 in the north, and currently employs some 300 workers in the south alone, and that this news is of great concern to these workers and their families.
The company is one trading company for Britain and for Ireland, though it will have to go through different insolvency processes due to different company law procedures in this state. The company will continue to trade in the medium term.
Speaking from Leinster House today, Senator Cullinane called on the Government to explore all possible avenues to ensure that the jobs are retained.
“This morning’s news of the threat to some 300 jobs in the south, and many more in the north, is very worrying for these workers and their families, and I would like to express my concern and sympathy for them at this time.
“The number one priority has to be the employment and welfare of these workers. It is incumbent on the government to engage directly with the administrators in Britain, and with the receivers when they are appointed in this state, to seek that these workers can retain their jobs.
“This news once again demonstrates the fact that austerity policies, whether in Ireland, or in Britain, cannot help lift an economy. Austerity is killing the domestic economy and the retail sector, and the evidence of that is apparent on every high street in Ireland. Sinn Féin has consistently called for stimulus, and investment in order to boost the economy north and south and to create jobs.
“I hope that the company, in whatever form, can be kept on as a going concern, and the employment of these workers protected, and I hope that the government can play its part in ensuring that is the case.”