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Adams expresses anger at Interbrew decision

6 July, 2004

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has expressed his "deep sense of anger and disappointment at the decision by the giant brewing company Interbrew to stop manufacturing on the Glen Road site, to sell off the brewery or close it by the start of next year if a buyer isn't found."

Speaking after meeting with Trade Union representatives from the brewery Mr Adams said:

"This is a devastating blow to workers their families and to the West Belfast Community.

It flies in the face of Interbrew‚s claim to be committed to a so-called Irish Growth Plan. In reality it would appear that this amounts to no more than encouraging Irish people to drink more but not to protecting the hundreds of workers who have given loyal service for many years. This is not good enough.

"This is an example of a globalisation strategy which places profit above people ˆ despite the fact that the Glen Road brewery is a viable, economic business.

"Goodwill by Interbrew could have kept this plant going.

"Our focus now has to be on trying to secure the future of this plant. I met separately with senior management and trade union representatives today. I will be meeting with Interbrew‚s senior international management on Thursday morning and we have raised this matter with both the Irish and British governments. Sinn Fein will continue to pursue this issue vigorously.

"Whatever the outcome of all of this one priority must be to protect the enhanced redundancy package due to workers from Interbrew." ENDS

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