Wednesday, December 18 12:46:52
Aircraft maintenance company, Lufthansa Technic, is to close its Dublin workshops and has handed redundancy notices to its 411 staff, according to sources.
Earlier this year, management announced that the plant based in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, was to close by the end of February next year.
It then entered a 30-day consultation period - but union sources said that the negotiations had failed to yield a result satisfactory to unions - particularly in relation to redundancy terms.
In a statement earlier this month, Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland confirmed that talks between trade union and employee representatives with management as part of a process to consider closing the company, which began on 18 November, are to be continued at the Labour Relations Commission.
But today, Sinn Fein TD, Dessie Ellis, said management had walked away from talks and immediately issued redundancy notices.
"The reality is that many of these jobs could have been saved had the government taken a serious interest in the future of these workers and their families. They didn't and they allowed the company to treat these workers in a disgraceful manner," the Dublin TD said.
"Earlier today Sinn Fein stated that the Government cannot allow the company to wash its hands of its responsibility to offer the workers a fair redundancy package."
"The company walked away from negotiations with the union. Now the workers and their families will spend the Christmas holidays feeling vulnerable and very uncertain about their financial futures. The government must set about securing a future for the plant and not pass the responsibility to other agencies."