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Yet Another 200 Jobs To Go In Tipperary

Abbott Pharmaceuticals Clonmel.

Abbott Pharmaceuticals Clonmel.

The top range pharmaceuticals and medical devices firm Abbott announced yesterday that it is seeking 200 redundancies from its now permanent workforce.

Abbott is to lay off the workers at its Clonmel manufacturing plant here in Co Tipperary, due to a downturn in current demand for its older range of products.

Redundancies are being sought, on a voluntary basis, from the companies some 1,400 workforce and a thirty day consultation period on these expected redundancy is being now implemented.

It is further understood that 39 employees, currently working on a contract basis, will not have their contracts renewed with same expiring at the end of March 2013.

The Clonmel site will now focus primarily on the manufacture of newer, more advanced medical devices, with capital investment to be made available.

This shock to Clonmel comes as Labour Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton states “We want a system that actively encourages everybody to be involved in working, because again coming back to children who are at risk of poverty or poor outcomes, the worst outcomes are for children who are in families where none of the adults in the household are working.”

Tipperary unemployed people now respectfully ask, “Minister Joan Burton & Minister Richard Bruton, please show us where we can apply for work here in County Tipperary.”

Ministers Burton & Bruton, we are aware that County Tipperary’s six TD’s cost the state over €900,000 between October 2011 and October 2012, including €300,646 in untaxed expenses for the same financial period, based on official records released by the Houses of the Oireachtas.
We will not discuss the other added income perks such as:- Access to a Dáil Gym, a subsidised Dáil Bar and Restaurant, free Postage Stamps, free Christmas Cards, Tax advice and of course unlimited Ink Toners.

Meanwhile despite the above, not one of these, our six elected representatives, have managed to create one solitary job here in Midland Tipperary, since entering office.

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