Businesses and associations in Longford are rowing in behind the workers at Cameron this weekend to help them plan for a future which is, as it stands, quite uncertain.
On Monday afternoon, Longford Chamber of Commerce and Industry revealed that a free advice day for the Longford-based workers will take place in St Mel’s College this Saturday, October 15 from 10am until 2pm.
The aim of the day is to provide free advice and information to some 170 Cameron workers, whose jobs hang in the balance following news that the firm are considering shutting down their Longford production facility.
Explaining the thought behind the event, President of Longford Chamber of Commerce, Derek Scanlon revealed; “We have been contacted by so many local businesses that wanted to help out in some way and we came up with this idea of running a free information session for the workers based on their employment entitlements and future options.”
On the day there will be 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 starting a new business.
The day will comprise a number of short, open forum sessions on the most relevant topics followed by individual one-to-one meetings with experts in the relevant fields, with Longford County Council, Longford Local Enterprise Office, Department of Social Protection, Grant Thornton, The Debt Clinic, Evelyn Quinn and Associates and Flynn and Lynch already lined up to lend their support.
Thanking St Mel’s College Principal, Declan Rowley for offering the school as a venue, Mr Scanlon continued; “This is our opportunity to show the workers of Cameron that the businesses and people of Longford stand with them at this difficult time.
“We are heartened by the offers of free help that have come from local businesses and State Agencies and I would urge any Cameron workers that might have any questions about their future to attend this event.”
More information will be provided on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Facebook page throughout the week.
Pre-booking for the event is advised via email to firstname.lastname@example.org