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Molex workers collateral damage in US China Trade War

22 October 2019

Statement by Jan O'Sullivan TD
Spokesperson on Housing & Local Government, Enterprise & Innovation

Reacting to the announcement that up to 500 jobs will go at Molex Ireland in Shannon by the end of 2020, Labour TD for Limerick Jan O’Sullivan said:

“This news is a devastating blow to the hundreds of workers and their families in Shannon who are set to lose their jobs as a result of this closure, as well as to the region as a whole.

“Molex Ireland has been a major employer in the Shannon Free Zone since the early 1970s, employing thousands of people down through the years and playing an important part in the economy of the region.

“Sadly it seems that these workers have become collateral damage in the current trade war between the US and China and are paying the biggest price.

“The Government must now start working with the unions representing the workers to assess their needs and provide information on their welfare entitlements following the conclusion of any redundancy programmes.

“The Ministers for Business and Social Protection must also take immediate steps to offset this closure through the creation of retraining and upskilling opportunities for Molex workers, as well as begin seeking out new job and business opportunities for the Shannon region.”