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Pfizer job cuts another blow to healthcare manufacturing sector

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The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has raised concerns that the government is sleepwalking through an emerging crisis in the healthcare manufacturing sector after three major employers announced job cuts in less than a week. “The loss of 150 jobs at Pfizer in Newbridge comes as another blow to the healthcare manufacturing sector in Ireland.  Pfizer is a major employer in one of the most high value sectors in this country. This is an extremely difficult day for the staff in Newbridge and their families, particularly in the lead up to Christmas,” said Deputy Calleary. “Pfizer is the third company in the healthcare manufacturing sector to announce large […]

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Govt Continues to Bury its Head in the Sand over Crisis in Retail Sector – FF

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Dara Calleary TD, says the government continues to ignore the growing crisis in the retail sector. Deputy Calleary was reacting to the announcement today by retailer Marks and Spencer that it will close four of its stores nationwide with the loss of 180 jobs. “My thoughts are with the 180 staff at Marks and Spencer and their families at this difficult and challenging time,” said Deputy Calleary. “In the past number of months we have seen multinational retailers like HMV, B&Q and Homebase close stores throughout the country. These companies are globally profitable and there must be serious questions asked as to […]

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Calleary seeks clarity on pay & conditions for REA workers

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has sought clarity on the pay and conditions of workers currently covered by Registered Employment Agreements (REAs) Deputy Calleary commented, “This Supreme Court ruling affects tens of thousands of workers who have been covered by REAs until now.  There is still confusion over whether those currently covered under existing contracts will see a forced reduction in pay and conditions as a result of this decision. “I welcome a move beyond outdated employment agreements that were set decades ago, in the absence of other protections for workers.  However, we cannot allow a free-for-all for employers as a result of this ruling.  I […]

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Calleary calls for Govt response to Bewley’s judgement

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise Dara Calleary has called for a response from the Government to today’s High Court ruling in favour of a challenge taken by Bewley’s on Grafton Street against exorbitant rent increases.  Deputy Calleary has welcomed the High Court decision. “This is a very significant judgement, not just for Bewley’s but potentially for all of those High Street retailers that are stifled upward only rent contracts,” said Deputy Calleary. “This case further demonstrates the crippling unfairness of upward only rent contracts and the enormous difficulties experienced retailers locked in those contracts. “Today’s ruling could mark the start of a breakthrough in the fight against upward only rents.  […]

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