Longford Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a very well attended advice day for Cameron workers. It went ahead in St Mel’s College on Saturday and large numbers of the workers recently put at risk of redundancy attended.
The day featured a range of talks on topics such as Employee Redundancy Entitlements, Taxation Advice, Unemployment Benefits, Re-training and Re-skilling opportunities, Financial and Mortgage Advice, Pensions, and information on how to ‘Start a New Business’.
Addressing the workers, Chamber President Derek Scanlon said he hoped that the information day would provide them with information early in the process so that they can plan for their future as soon as possible.
The President went on to pay tribute to the many local businesses who had donated tea, coffee and biscuits for the event, and also Declan Rowley of St Mel’s College, who made the college assembly hall available at short notice.
The information day featured Lorraine Danaher, Regional Skills Manager for the Midlands, who told workers of the opportunities available for re-training and possibly working in the med-tech area.
Other speakers included HR specialist, Evelyn Quinn of Evelyn Quinn & Associates; tax specialist Michael Keenan from Grant Thornton; pension specialist, Michael Lynch of Flynn & Lynch; Michael Nevin from the Longford Enterprise Office and Des Henry from the Department of Social Protection.
Thanking the various speakers for making themselves available at short notice, the Chamber President told the workers: “We are heartened by the offers of free help that have come from local businesses and State Agencies and I want to assure the workers that the people of Longford and the many state agencies and local businesses are fully supportive of them and their efforts to re-train, find new employment or perhaps start a business.”
Also speaking at the event, Longford Chamber Council member, Joe Flaherty, said the Chamber would be contacting the Department of Education to impress upon them the need to make an application on behalf of the Cameron workers for inclusion in the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).