Wednesday 21 January 2009

Mandate trade union today (21 January 2009) say that they are extremely disappointed with the announcement of the closure of Superquinn in Dundalk with approximately 60 people to loose their jobs. A total of 400 jobs are due to go in the coming weeks across the company.

Mandate’s Assistant General Secretary, Gerry Light said, “We are really disappointed that employees in Superquinn are losing their jobs. However we are not completely surprised. In response to the company’s statement that cross border shopping was a major contributing factor, I am sympathetic to that view.
“People need to stop talking about the potential impact of cross border shopping. We are seeing today that this is really happening – people are losing their jobs because people are not shopping locally to support local business.

“I would urge the Government to take these urgent matters on board and to bring in incentives for people to shop local.
“Mandate welcomes its direct involvement in negotiations with Superquinn with a view to protecting as many jobs as possible and retaining terms and conditions for Superquinn employees.
Mr. Light concluded, “We would like to see more shoppers supporting local businesses. We would urge those who can afford to stay and do their shopping in the Republic to do so out of solidarity with the long term interests of Irish business and the protection of Irish jobs”.