Baxter job cuts a major blow to Mayo economy

baxterFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has said the news that one of Co Mayo’s largest employers is cutting its workforce in Castlebar comes as a major blow to the local economy.

Deputy Calleary said, “My first thoughts are with the staff at Baxter in Castlebar and their families. This news is particularly upsetting in the lead up to Christmas.

“The staff must be must be given every support possible as decisions are made about voluntary redundancies.  Baxter has been an excellent employer in Co Mayo for decades.  Many of the staff will have worked there for years.  Everything must be done to ensure that they are offered redundancy terms that reflect their years of service and loyalty to the company.

“What is particularly worrying about this news is that Baxter is choosing to move some of its Castlebar operation abroad.  It comes less than a week after another major manufacturer in the healthcare sector, MSD, announced plans to close a major factory in Swords in Dublin in order to relocate some operations abroad.

 

“These two announcements are a warning to the government not to take taking the future of the healthcare manufacturing sector in Ireland for granted. I am calling on Minister Bruton examine the challenges facing healthcare manufacturers operating in Ireland and see if there is a problem with our cost base.”

 

 

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