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Shock at Lurgan job losses

18 January, 2005

Sinn Féin Upper Bann MLA John O Dowd has said a mood of shock has descended over the Co Armagh town of Lurgan at the news of 250 jobs are to be lost in a medical production plant in the town.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"The 250 workers in RUSCHE are not being paid off because there is no market for the product but because the plant owners are moving these jobs to Mexico and Malaysia, where they can use low wages.

"The loyalty of RUCHES workers is of no value to the employers. These 250 jobs will be lost only because of the desire to maximise profits. The Lurgan workers have now been given 3 months notice. Yet it is difficult to see where will they find work in an area, which has already seen its manufacturing industry collapse. ENDS

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