Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has met with staff at Dundalk switchgear manufacturing company, Anord, regarding its restructuring proposals which include up to 23 voluntary redundancies.
Staff members, many of whom have been Anord employees for over 25 years, are concerned that the redundancy package proposed does not reflect the commitment they have shown to the company over the period of their employment.
Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has said that the management of Anord in Dundalk must behave honourably in respect of redundancy terms offered to staff.
Gerry Adams said;
“I have met with Anord workers, some of whom have been with the company a lifetime, and the terms that they have been offered by the company are simply not acceptable.
“It’s alarmingly clear from the discussions that I have had with staff and with Union representatives, that they believe that the company intends to get rid of their current electricians and re-employ alternative, cheaper, labour.
“Anord is a global company and I respect the fact that it has been an employer in the Dundalk area for 50 years.
“I have made contact with the company directly and I urge them to maintain the good name of Anord in the area and to treat their staff with respect.
“I have also written to the Minister for Employment to urge her to use her influence to assist the workers in whatever way she can.”
Local Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Waters added,
“I have been inconstant contact with Anord staff and I hope that this issue can be brought to a successful resolution for all parties involved.
“These staff have been loyal to Anord for over 25 years and they deserve a fair package.”