The worrying rumours of the impending closure of Seagate’s plant at Limavady, County Londonderry, have proven well founded. When workers were sent home on Saturday and told to assemble at the plant to-day(Monday) for an important announcement, everybody feared the worst.
The BBC have the story here – More than 900 computer jobs to go. They say:-
More than 900 jobs are to be lost in County Londonderry with the closure of the Seagate plant which makes components for hard disc drives.
Staff were given the news at a meeting in the company’s Limavady plant on Monday.
The American company has had a base in Limavady for the last decade.
This is a MASSIVE blow to the employment base in the North West and must leave workers at the nearby Derry plant feeling very nervous.
The BBC story points out that Seagate “has received £12m from Invest Northern Ireland and its predecessor IDB since 2001.” I have to say that I’m not at all happy with the way Invest NI run things here. They seem to chuck money at any old crooked industrialist who happens to be passing by and suggests setting up a factory. We shell out the money, they quickly pocket it, make as much money as the can and then disappear off into the sunset as soon as they find somewhere else in the world where the setting up grants are slightly better.
Sadly we have a long history of getting into bed with such companies…… BSR and Fruit of the Loom spring to mind. And who could forget that wonderful car maker – Delorean?
I find myself agreeing here with this statement from the BBC Article:-
Sinn Fein’s Francie Brolly accused Seagate and other global companies of behaving like “travelling circuses”.
“They go to Limavady while they have the conditions that they require,” Mr Brolly said.
“When they discover that somewhere in the world they can make more money, because labour costs are cheaper or whatever, they go there.”
I certainly hope that they can learn a lesson here about which crooks to avoid. Sadly… Seagate seem to fall in the “grab and run” industrialist category. Perhaps we’ll manage to vet in-coming companies more cleverly in future.
So? What do YOU feel about this situation?
Have you an experience that might help the workers come to terms with today’s events?
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