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Pro-active response to 200 Tallaght jobs losses urgently needed

7 January, 2005

Sinn Fein deputy Sean Crowe called on Enterprise, Trade and Employment minister Micheal Martin to act quickly and introduce a pro-active response to th announcement of 200 job losses at APW Enclosures.

Deputy Crowe said, "The APW shutdown is the latest in a series of company closures in this constituency such as Packard, Gallaghers, and Sujitsu. It is clear now that a lot of older traditional small industrial and manufacturing facilities are not viable in the long term under current international economic conditions where parent companies are seeking lower cost manufacturing bases.

"We need to replace these jobs with good quality, well paid alternatives. This involves being able to provide tailor made responses where the workers based in the old economy are retrained and skilled to be able to work in newer enterprises.

"Irish workers are continually being told they have to be more flexible, competitive and productive and they have consistently shown themselves willing to meet these challenges head on. However the policy responses from the previous minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment showed none of the needed innovation and flexibility demanded of and delivered by Irish workers.

"New business start up in the 26 Counties are growing and we need a minister who is willing to help new businesses come to Tallaght and able to foster new Irish start ups also, while ensuring workers have the skills needed to work in the newer sectors whether it is in information and communications, computers, pharmaceuticals, financial or customer services.

"The APW job losses will kick in June, the clock is ticking now to see what positive initiative the new minister can implement in consultation with workers and the development agencies before the summer." ENDS

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