Thursday 26 April 2018

Minister hits out at 'uncaring' Bose over factory closure

Minister for Business Ged Nash
Minister for Business Ged Nash

Paul O'Donoghue

Minister for Business Ged Nash has branded technology giant Bose as "cold and uncaring" for the manner in which it told its employees it plans to shut its Irish manufacturing plant.

The US electrical manufacturer recently announced the closure of its plant in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, with 140 jobs set to go as a result.

It is claimed that the employees were informed of the devasting news via a video link call which lasted for just under five minutes. Despite multiple attempts by the Sunday Independent, Bose had not responded to several requests for comment at the time of publication and did not comment on the manner in which employees were told of the news of the 37-year-old plant's closure.

Mr Nash hit out at the tech company, describing the news as "devastating".

"The manner in which the news was communicated to staff was unacceptable. There is a right way and a wrong way to do business. It is always very difficult to deliver that type of news but the manner in which it was delivered was cold and uncaring," he said.

"Bose is a company that is synonymous with Carrickmacross and it was a devastating blow for the area," he added.

The Labour Minister went on to say that he is happy to meet with company officials, and said that Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has been in talks with management at the company.

An inter-agency group, spearheaded by Enterprise Ireland, has now been formed to tackle the job losses at the plant and will provide support to employees who lose their jobs.

Operations at the Carrickmacross plant are set to transfer to Malaysia and Mexico and the facility is set to shut its doors by April, although trade union Siptu recently claimed that it had negotiated a deal with the company which will delay the plant's closure by two months to June.

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