Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton has established an inter-agency group to coordinate the Governments response to the loss of jobs at Mondelez Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland will lead the group and will look to secure new employment for the localities affected. It will also ensure that the workers leaving Mondelez Ireland have support from State agencies in terms of access to re-training, social welfare supports and advice on employment rights.
Minister Bruton invited TDs and Senators from the affected areas to a briefing on the situation at his Department in an effort to coordinate cross-party action to support the workers. Bruton told the Oireachtas members that the primary reason for the company's decision is a cost base that was significantly out of line with competitor countries.
In a statement, he referred to recent examples like Bausch and Lomb where painful restructuring later allowed for the expansion of employment opportunities, and also confirmed that Enterprise Ireland will continue to work with Mondelez on the recently announced €11million investment plan.
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