Lufthansa Technik European Globalisation Fund decision good news- Cllr Eoin Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has today welcomed a decision by the European Commission to award €2.5m from the European Globalisation Fund to the redundant worker from Lufthansa Technik. The total programme spend including the government’s contribution will be €4.1m.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
“The European Globalisation Fund provides financial support to groups of workers who have lost their jobs due to the impacts of globalisation and recession.
“The European Commission provides a portion of the fund which his then matched by the relevant government.
“It is to be used to provide redundant workers additional education and reskilling supports above those already available and funded by Government.
“I welcome the announcement by the European Commission. This is positive news for those workers who lost their jobs.
“However the fund has been subject to significant controversies in the past. Money has been used to fund existing supports for redundant workers rather than additional supports. Workers were not adequately involved in the roll out of the programmes.
“Worst of all tens of millions of euros have been returned to the European Commission unspent due to failure of Government to properly run the programmes.
“On a number of occasions more than 40% of the EU funding for specific programmes has been returned unspent.
“In October 2011 during a Dáil debate on the fund initiated by Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, former Minister Ruairi Quinn admitted that there was “maladministration” in the running of European Globalisation Fund programmes in Ireland and apologised for his Government’s failure to ensure that all monies secured from the Commission were spent on the redundant workers who needed them.
“I hope the government has learned from previous mistakes and that money hits the ground quickly and is used for the purpose it is intended.”
“Workers must be involved in the running of the programme. All workers must be contacted speedily to make them aware of the opportunities that now exist. The fund must be used to provide additional supports so that former Lufthansa Technic workers must get real added value from this fund. And crucially Government must ensure than all of the €2.5m from the European Commission is spent by the 16 May 2016 deadline.”
Dáil EGF debate October 2011 - debate: http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2011/10/26/00020.asp
Link to the EGF announcement: http://egf.ie/egf-programmes/open-programmes/lufthansa-technik-airmotive-ireland/