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Pfizer announcement highlights need for workable strategy and investment plan to secure pharmaceutical jobs – O’Brien

4 December, 2013 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for jobs, enterprise and innovation Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has stated that the job losses at Pfizer in Kildare further highlights the need for the government to adopt a workable strategy and investment plan to secure quality jobs in the pharmaceutical sector.
Deputy O’Brien said:
“Over the past four weeks 870 job losses have been announced in the Pharmaceutical sector. The 150 job losses today in Pfizer Kildare come on top 275 jobs lost on the site since 2010 and 177 jobs lost at their site in Ringaskiddy in 2012. All of these are workers who have contributed a great deal to these companies, their communities and to the economy.
“This is the key export sector and is a major provider of high quality, high value, well-paid manufacturing jobs across this state- from Cork to Donegal.
“It should be remembered that every manufacturing job sustains two other jobs in the wider economy.
“The pharmaceutical sector faces significant challenges with global mergers and as drugs come off patent. These are not unforeseen or unknown challenges. The response to date by the government has been high on promises and low on delivery. It promised 20,000 additional manufacturing jobs by 2016. Yet the job losses continue.
“The government needs to adopt a workable strategy and investment plan to secure these quality jobs. Our workers need support and action, not more promises and lip-service.”

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