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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dell Redundant Workers Association and Equal Rights 4 Non-Union Workers to appear before the Enterprise Committee

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Dell Redundant Workers Association and Equal Rights 4 Non-Union Workers to appear before the Enterprise Committee

Representatives from the Dell Redundant Workers Association and Equal Rights 4 Non-Union Workers will appear before Oireachtas Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment tomorrow, Thursday March 4th, to discuss the European globalisation fund.

Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Willie Penrose, TD, said: “The current European Global Fund has been in place since 2007 to assist workers made redundant because of globalisation of trade and its impacts on market share patterns within the EU.

“A total of €23 million has been approved from the fund for workers laid off when Dell closed its manufacturing operation in Limerick. The fund, which is being administered by an office set up in Limerick and run by FÁS, is designed to help workers to retrain, to upskill and to provide funds for small business start-ups.

“However, concerns have been raised by a number of former Dell workers about difficulties in accessing the fund, while fears have been expressed that social welfare entitlements could be affected by former Dell workers applying for and accessing the funds.

“Tomorrow the Dell Redundant Workers Association, a support group which was set up to help the 2,000 people who lost their jobs in Limerick over a year ago plus a further 5,000 made redundant by companies that supplied goods and services to Dell, and Equal Rights 4 Non-Union Workers will appear before the Committee to outline their concerns about the European Globalisation Fund. It will also give members of the Committee an opportunity to discuss the fund and raise any issues they may have on its operation.”

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 4 at 11 am on Thursday, 4th March, 2010.

This proceedings can be viewed on-line here



For further information, contact:

Ciaran Brennan,
Houses of the Oireachtas,
Communications Unit,
Leinster House,
Dublin 2

P: +3531 618 3903
M: 086-0496518
F: +3531 618 4551
E: ciaran.brennan@oireachtas.ie

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