Government must attempt to save Argos jobs in Monaghan & Cavan – Carthy
Cavan Monaghan Sinn Féin TD, Matt Carthy, has said news that Argos is to close its operations in the State is a “huge blow for the workers” and called for the government to do all they can to save the over 400 jobs. The closures will affect both the Monaghan and Cavan branches of the store and Deputy Carthy said that government must do all possible in an attempt to save those jobs.
Teachta Carthy said:
“The emerging news that Argos is to close its stores across the State, including in Monaghan and Cavan, will be an incredible blow for the workers affected, their families, their communities, and for the retail sector in Ireland.
“As it is the company’s intention to shut down its complete operations this amounts to a collective redundancy which requires a 30-day consultation period.
“It is essential that the company engage quickly and in good faith with the workers trade union, Mandate, during this period.
“Throughout this 30-day period the Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment must meet with Argos and Mandate to explore every and any prospect to save the jobs involved.
“Additionally, the Retail Forum must meet as a matter of urgency to see if there is any possibility of securing the businesses in these local communities.
“Retail is changing, but that does not mean that the government should abandon traditional retail by doing nothing.
“The workers in Argos must be the priority here and it is imperative that the government stands up for them.”