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Adria Workers face agonizing weekend wait

11 March, 2005

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that the failure by Adria owners Quantum to be up front with the workforce in Strabane in relation to the 200 pending job losses has compounded the feelings of shock and anger in the community.

After talking to workers and Union representatives at the factory today (Friday) Mr Doherty said, "The very least that Quantum management owe to the loyal workforce of Adria is to be open an honest. Instead the company has treated the workforce shabilly to say the least.

"Speculation has been rife for weeks about the imminent announcement of up to 200 job losses.

"However, workers are totally devastated to have to find out on the news about these redundancies. This is despite the fact that just last week, Quantum were denying to me, through Invest NI, that any redundancies were imminent.

"Now in the absence of any official announcement workers are having to endure an agonising weekend wait to find out if they will be among the expected 200 redundancies to be announced early next week.

"They are now also facing the prospect of meagre redundancy terms following indications from management that Quantum do not operate the same redundancy package for workers as did the former owners Adria.

"Quantum must live up to its obligations to its workforce not only in terms of redundancy packages that is inherited from the previous owners but to being open and honest with is remaining workforce." ENDS

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