Thursday, 18 February 2021
Covid-19 (Enterprise, Trade and Employment): Statements
With regard to the redundancies at Rehab Enterprises Limited, the total number of people employed in Rehab Logistics Limerick is 37, 36 of whom are currently supported under the wage subsidy scheme for people with disabilities. It has now been proposed that the company will make 37 positions redundant. Over time, Rehab Logistics in Limerick has attempted to maintain its business. This has become increasingly difficult due to a number of factors, including difficulties in replacing contracts and changing market conditions. I am told the group will be engaging in a consultation process from 21 February to identify solutions and reach an agreement regarding the proposed redundancies. If a decision is taken to proceed with redundancies, Rehab will look at alternative arrangements for each employee, comprising identifying training opportunities or professional assistance to look for a new job.
As a Government, we recognise this is a vulnerable cohort of workers. The Department of Social Protection has worked closely with Rehab in similar circumstances and will do so again. That Department will assign a liaison person whose focus will be to ensure all the people affected will be directed to the appropriate supports and services available to them. The Department will work to ensure employees are able to access their entitlements swiftly and in a manner that does not cause any further distress.