Connaughton pushes for new jobs for Tuam


East Galway TD Paul Connaughton has welcomed the fact that both IDA and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation are working closely with Transition Optical in Tuam with a view to finding employment for staff being made redundant and has called on IDA to work to secure alternative job opportunities for the town of Tuam.
‘Last month’s announcement by Transition Optical that 60 jobs are to be lost in Tuam from a workforce of 170 was a major blow for the families involved. The company plans to move its manufacturing volume to Asia and the workforce in Tuam will now be concentrated on manufacturing for European customers as well as customer support and some administrative functions.
‘I understand that IDA is working closely with Transition Optical, while local employment offices and Enterprise Ireland are liaising with the workers who will be made redundant. Transition Optical is also contacting local companies to publicise the availability of staff for vacancies that may arise. Enterprise Ireland is currently engaging with staff in relation to possible business start-ups.
‘Unfortunately, there is no assistance available to employees under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund as that is confined to cases involving over 500 redundancies, but I believe that state agencies are making every possible effort to ensure that the sixty workers who will be made redundant are assisted in every way in terms of seeking new work opportunities or self-employment. I will continue to pursue this matter with both IDA and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and in particular, the need for alternative jobs to be made available in the town of Tuam.’