What corner has been turned? asks Peadar Toibín TD
Reacting to news of another 280 job losses Peadar Tóibín TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson for jobs, enterprise and innovation said:
“This will be a severe blow to the workers and the community around the MSD site in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow. By the IDA’s own job multiplier over 100 other local jobs will be affected.
“Yesterday we had a succession of government ministers claiming that their plan was working and the jobs crisis was turning the corner. That is not the experience of these workers or the growing number of long-term employed or emigrants.
“Six months ago the Taoiseach, speaking at the MSD sister site in Ballydine, Tipperary highlighted the signs that the economy was turning when 70 jobs had been created there. Six months later and the same company are shredding 280 jobs does the same logic ring true?
“It’s important that the needs of the workers are met. It has been reported that some of these jobs have been lost to Singapore. If this is the case the government must act to access, as a matter of urgency, the European Globalisation Fund to assist these workers back into employment.
“Questions must be asked about support this company received from state agencies and the value of that support in terms of jobs creation, retention and displacement.
“It is time for the government to face reality; the payoff to bankers has not delivered jobs or economic growth. There is a need to invest in our SME sector and to invest in job creation.”