Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Dara Calleary TD, has expressed his disappointment at the announcement that medical devices firm Abbott is to seek 200 redundancies at its Clonmel plant in Tipperary.
“The news coming from Tipperary this evening is hugely disappointing and my immediate thoughts are with the workers and their families,” said Deputy Calleary.
“While the redundancies sought will be voluntary it doesn’t hide the fact that 200 workers will be out of a job in a matter of months. There are also an unspecified number of contract positions with the company which will be lost when these aren’t renewed next month.
“This again puts the Government’s much heralded but lame duck Action Plan on Jobs firmly into the spotlight. The latest progress report confirmed there is no serious commitment to job creation as there were no specific targets set for 2013.
“In recent weeks we have seen a number of major employers in the country announce job losses. HMV, Blacktie, GSK in Cork and Harvey Norman are just some of the companies that have cut all or curtailed their operations. The Government needs to work closely with employers to assess what issues are forcing them to close and what can be done to prevent this.
“The unemployment crisis is the most significant problem facing the country right now and it must be addressed. There are almost 190,000 people throughout the country stuck in long-term unemployment.
“It seems the 200 jobs at Abbott are beyond reprieve but it must now be a priority to secure the remaining 1,200 positions at the plant.”