Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Social Protection
Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
Question 316: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the fact that an organisation (details supplied) in County Galway is seeking redundancies to their workforce; if she has had discussions with this group to try ensure continuity of employment of the very special workforce there; if she has had discussions with the workers regarding retraining and locating alternative employment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7804/12]
Joan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
The Minister is aware that 20 employees from the Rehab Recycling group in Ballybrit, Galway will be laid off at the end of March 2012. The lay-offs include 17 employees for whom the company receives a valuable DSP Wage Subsidy. DSP Employment Services have recently been in contact with the Rehab Recycling group to offer assistance and are currently awaiting a response to the offer. The services available include on-site group briefings and individual consultations with employees to identify training needs and individual job-seeking support requirements. Rehab Recycling will continue to receive a substantial wage subsidy payment from the Department to support the continued employment of 17 remaining employees who are being retained by the company.