Dispute over number of Quinn job losses

“Speculation of job losses in Glass and Packaging has no basis and amounts to pure fabrication” says the Quinn Group. Meanwhile, Concerned Irish Citizens are holding a “crisis” meeting to discuss the “alarming” number of job losses at the Group and Liberty Insurance.

“Speculation of job losses in Glass and Packaging has no basis and amounts to pure fabrication” says the Quinn Group. Meanwhile, Concerned Irish Citizens are holding a “crisis” meeting to discuss the “alarming” number of job losses at the Group and Liberty Insurance.

There is much confusion over the true number of job losses at the Quinn Group this week and over the past 18 months since it went into administration.

Concerned Irish Citizens have set up a crisis meeting for this Sunday, December 2 in Ballyconnell. They say that “more than 35 jobs lost in the Quinn Group in the last week and that Liberty Mutual are to make 285 employees redundant, this now brings the total number of job losses at former Quinn companies to a figure in excess of 1,600.”

“Since the situation is at a critical point as a result of the alarming number of job losses announced at Quinn Group and Liberty in the last week,” the group says it is important that local political representatives and all members of the public who are interested in “the very survival of our communities attend this crucial public meeting.”

A spokesperson for the Quinn Group confirmed that four jobs will be made redundant at the Plastics industry in Derrylin.

“As result of a review of the structures of the Plastics business across Europe it is proposed to reduce the workforce in Derrylin by four – from 16 to 12. In relation to the affected employees, all options are being considered as part of a consultation process including possible redeployment elsewhere within the Group locally,” the company stated.

But the Quinn Group did deny the speculation that 35 employees have been let go. They said, “Speculation of job losses in Glass and Packaging has no basis and amounts to pure fabrication.

“In fact, following significant investment in the Packaging business in Ballyconnell the workforce has grown from 106 to 133 in the past eighteen months.”

When asked for a number of the total job losses at the Quinn Group since it went into administration in April 2011, the spokesperson for the group said “the number of people currently employed by the Quinn Group in Ireland is the same as it was eighteen months ago 1,160. Despite the economic conditions there has been no net loss of jobs.”

It was well documented that a number of managers were let go from the group during and after the administration process, but these jobs may have been filled by newcomers.

The spokesperson said the Slieve Russell Hotel is not part of the Quinn Manufacturing Group.

Concerned Irish Citizens however feel that the current and future state of the Quinn Group “has now reached crisis point and it is time for action.”

The group headed by Ballinamore ladies Maureen Martin and Patricia Gilheaney said, “We need our public representatives to show leadership to stem this haemorrhaging of jobs and to work together to find a way forward.”

The public meeting will be held in Ballyconnell Community Centre this Sunday, December 2 at 6pm.