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Minister must intervene to retain Coca Cola jobs locally – Munster

25 January, 2019 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called on the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty to enter into discussions with Coca Cola as a matter of urgency requesting that they review the decision to outsource jobs from their Plant at Southgate in Drogheda.

Deputy Munster contacted the Minister at foot of the announcement that Coca Cola intends to change the way it works to increase its speed and agility by using third party providers for managed services. 

Deputy Munster said:

“Coca Cola, which announced an investment of €26m in its plant in Ballina last September, has been part of the fabric of Drogheda for many decades and a mainstay for employment over that time. This news is distressing for the people of the town and I am deeply concerned that jobs will be lost.

“I have written to Minister Doherty and the IDA asking them to engage with the company as a matter of urgency and to ensure that no stone is unturned in their efforts to stop this from coming into effect.

“I am calling on the Minister and the Government to fight for jobs in this town. Drogheda has lost out enough over the years and has massive under-investment as it stands, which makes it even more imperative that we retain the jobs that we have.”

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