Union concerned at mounting job losses in pharmaceutical sector
December 13th: Representatives of Unite yesterday evening (Thursday 12 December) met with Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton and IDA officials in a bid to retain the maximum possible number of jobs at the MSD facility in North County Dublin. The meeting follows last month’s announcement that MSD plans to close its Swords plant by the end of 2017 with the loss of 570 jobs. Unite is the largest union in the plant, representing almost 400 workers.
Speaking after the meeting, Unite official Tom Fitzgerald said:
“The Minister listened to our concerns. Despite not being able to give an absolute commitment, the IDA was cautiously optimistic that – given the potential for growth in the pharmaceutical sector – some jobs could be retained at the site.
“At the meeting, we welcomed the Minister’s support and stressed the urgency of retaining these high-quality, high-skilled jobs – not only for the individuals concerned and their families, but also for the local economy in North County Dublin.
“We also emphasised the fact that the long lead-in time before the plant is due to close gives the State time to use all the instruments at its disposal to find a buyer. Unite is extremely concerned at the mounting job losses in the crucial pharmaceutical sector. All avenues, including reconfiguration of the plant, need to be explored in order to retain the maximum number of jobs at this facility.
“Unite will continue pressing the Government and the IDA to follow through on their commitment to retain the maximum possible number of jobs at the site”, Tom Fitzgerald concluded.