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Loss of 250 Sligo jobs a devastating blow to North West – Doherty

11 November, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has today hit out at the government for failing to implement a job creation and retention strategy after the news this morning that 250 jobs are to go at the Glaxo-Smith-Kline pharmaceutical company in Sligo.

He said:

“This is yet another devastating blow to the north-west which will see 250 more people on the dole queues in Sligo, it’s surrounding areas and in my own constituency in south west Donegal.

“Our first thoughts are with the workers and their families. There is never a good time to lose your job but to lose it in the run up to Christmas time is a cruel blow.

“Today’s announcement shows that no industry is safe and comes as a further blow to the north west which is already well above national average in terms of unemployment rates.

“While some people are of the opinion that nothing can be done and this is a sign of the times, we have different view. This government needs to follow the model Germany and other countries have introduced and that is by introducing a job retention scheme. This not only makes business sense but financial sense.

“Such a scheme, as we in Sinn Féin have illustrated in our ‘Getting Ireland Back to Work’ document would aim to subsidise workers in SMEs struggling to keep on their employees. It would be time limited and be implemented in conjunction with an increased Revenue and Inspectorate. The subsidy would apply to each individual job and will be no greater than €200 or 20% of the wage and will be reviewed after 6 months.

“Something needs to be done. This government must immediately implement a job retention plan in order to curb the ever-increasing unemployment rate”. ENDS

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