Government should give greater priority to indigenous industries - Morgan
Sinn Féin Trade and Employment spokesperson and Louth TD Arthur Morgan has
called on the Government to give greater priority through the employment
agencies for indigenous industries after it was revealed that 250 workers
are to be let go at the Quantum Technology Firm in Dundalk. Deputy Morgan
said, “Today is a black day for Dundalk and the general area.”
Speaking in Louth today he said, “Today is a black day for Dundalk and the
General area. The 250 workers directly effected by this will have huge
difficulties because many of them would have substantial mortgages, trying
to pay for over priced houses.
“These workers were congratulated for meeting all their targets by senior
workers of Quantum from America who visited the factory last Christmas.
“They are now trying to explain this factory closure as ‘outsourcing to
further improve underlying cost structures.’ This is an increasing
phenomenon resulting from globalisation, which means more and more
companies are moving to cheaper labour cost countries such as the new EU
member states and China.
“There is also another tier of jobs going to be lost through companies that
would have supplied Quantum with various products.
“Less than 3 years ago there was much fanfare and publicity about the
expansion of this IDA backed company by Mary Harney. The least the people
in Dundalk should expect is that the same energy that was put into
trumpeting this company in September 2002 should be put into replacing
these jobs. More recently, when we had the announcement of 300 jobs for
Dundalk with the establishment of Back of Scotland’s call centre in the
area, Dermot Ahern was up here flag waving but he is nowhere to be seen now
when these workers need his help.
“I am calling on the Government to give greater priority through the
employment agencies for indigenous industries.” ENDS