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Sunday 19 November 2017

Ex-Dell staff hit out at long wait for retraining money

Ailish O'Hora Public Affairs Correspondent

FORMER Dell workers, who are still waiting on millions to pay for their retraining, yesterday said they could not trust FAS to administer the funds.

The Dell Redundant Workers' Association (DRWA) hit out at the State training agency's slowness in dealing with queries from former employees.

"FAS is working at two speeds -- go slow and stop," association member Tony O'Shea told the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise. "

The workers are due to share €22.8m in retraining funds which have been made available from Europe and the Government.

The committee heard that a meeting scheduled for Limerick later today to update the 2,400 workers in the Limerick region who lost their jobs after Dell pulled out has been cancelled.

The DRWA, which represents thousands of former workers at the US multinational, also questioned whether FAS should be given the contract to oversee the funding given its track record.

"Our members don't trust the word FAS," the group's treasurer Gerry Hinchy said. "Why not put in a private person with vision to oversee the project."

The cash is coming from the €500m European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

FAS last night insisted it has been working with the workers in an efficient manner.

It also said that it has offered the Association three places on a steering committee adding that the meeting proposed for today was declined by the DRWA."FAS has put in place an EGF training grant which eligible participants can use to pursue training in private colleges," a spokesperson said.

Irish Independent

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