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Pfizer job losses a blow to Newbridge and surrounding areas

4th December 2013

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor TD, has expressed his dismay at today’s (Wednesday) announcement of 150 redundancies at the Pfizer’s plant in Newbridge.

“First and foremost my thoughts are with the workers who are set to loose their jobs and the families. This news is never easy, but this time of year makes it particularly harder to bear. These job losses are as a result of the global pharmaceutical industry experiencing a number of challenges due to patent expiry and over capacity within manufacturing.

“On foot of the announcement, I welcomed the company’s pledge to provide supports to staff affected. Furthermore I would like to assure all those concerned that the State has committed to provide all the supports required by the workers, as and when needed. These job losses are part of a wider plan to ensure the site’s future competitiveness in a global market. It is being positioned to win new investment with the prospect of new products being transferred to the site over the next few years, which will create jobs.

“I can assure you that I will do all I can to ensure that the workers are provided with State support and will continue to press Minister Richard Bruton in this regard”.

ENDS