Fine Gael Cork South Central Senator Jerry Buttimer has today (Friday) called on the Government to set up a taskforce to determine why so many jobs have been lost in Cork in recent months.
“News this afternoon of the closure of Hormann Electronics in Blackrock, with the loss of 138 jobs, comes as another devastating blow to the people of Cork who have borne the brunt of countless forced redundancies over the past 18 months.
“Hormann Electronics is the fourth industry to close in the industrial campus in Blackrock in the last year and a half and my sincerest sympathies go to the workers who are dealing with the distressing news of their redundancies this evening.
“I personally met with Hormann Electronics’s employees this afternoon and it is my view that they have been extremely poorly treated during this whole process. Hormann Electronics has been a long standing employer in Cork and the fact that the joint receivers, David Gilbert and Liam Dowdall, were appointed just a week ago means that a paltry seven days was given over to finding a solution to the closure.
“Industrial jobs are being haemorrhaged, not only in Cork but throughout the country, at a phenomenal rate. At what stage will the Government take the matter in hand and address the cost of doing business in Ireland?
“Live Registers figures are going through the roof and there are now an additional 117 people in Cork joining the queue this evening. The Government must buck up and take immediate action to ensure investment and job creation in Ireland through the upskilling of our workforce, by restoring competitiveness through investment in infrastructure and by slashing regulatory red tape.”