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Ferris to visit Mallow as part of campaign to support workers demands and secure future of sugar beet plants

27 July, 2006


Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Ferris TD will visit Mallow, County Cork tomorrow as part of Sinn Féin's campaign to secure the retention of the sugar beet plant for bio fuel production and to offer his support to those workers who are still trying to get Greencore to honour the redundancy package which they previously agreed with workers in Mallow.'

Deputy Ferris will visit the site of the plant and then talk to the media at 1.30pm in the Arches, Bellvue, Mallow. Deputy Ferris will be accompanied by local Councillor Willie O'Regan.

Speaking prior to his visit Deputy Ferris said:

"It is a disgrace that beet growers received only the minimum of compensation following the wiping out of their livelihoods and workers in Mallow are fighting tooth and nail to try and get Greencore to honour the redundancy package which they previously agreed with the workers at Mallow.

"I will be in Mallow tomorrow as part of Sinn Féin's campaign to secure the retention of the sugar beet plant for bio-fuel production. My message will be clear. Greencore should not be allowed to profiteer for their decision to destroy the sugar beet industry. They should be made to face up to their obligations to their workforce and the government should intervene to stop the sale of the plants, both in Mallow and Carlow."ENDS

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