Government must intervene and save jobs at Essentra – Cullinane
Speaking in the Seanad on reports that the Essentra Packaging Company in Waterford may close with the loss of fifty jobs, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, Senator David Cullinane said:
“This is a disaster for Waterford and a tragedy for the workers. You have to wonder how much more the south east has to take before the government and the IDA take action.
“This is a legitimate question and one that deserves an answer from Minster Bruton.
“It is unacceptable that ordinary working people should find themselves without jobs and having to join the dole queues, just weeks before Christmas.
“People should be entitled to decent and reliable work. We already have almost 350,000 people who are either unemployed or underemployed, yet the government continue to sit on its hands and do nothing.
“Essentra, who have had a presence in Waterford since 1979, were engaged in the packing and preparation of goods for local pharmaceutical companies.
“The company has now decided to transfer to the Dublin based Dakota Packaging, which they have recently acquired.
“The south east has a strong record when it comes to the presence of the life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry is particularly well represented in the region.
“There should be an onus on large multinational companies to support local industries and give something back to the towns and communities in which they are located.
“The companies benefit from a low corporate tax regime and it is not unreasonable to expect them to source local material and for there to be a dividend for local communities.
“The SEED’s Report by the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation made such recommendations. It is up to Minister Bruton to make sure that they happen.”