Socialist Party spokesperson Gary Mulcahy warned that “unless an effective campaign is built to save these jobs, the local economy could see thousands more jobs disappear. Workers should have no trust in the Quinn oligarchs who have profited enormously over the years. As a result of the Quinn bosses greed for more profits, thousands of families now face a bleak future and the ruination of the local economy.
“A mass campaign of people power needs to be built. Workers should immediately organise within the trade union movement. Major demonstrations should be called to demand that the Quinn Group is nationalised. When it came to bailing out the banks, the Irish government showed no hesitation. Now the Quinn workers should demand swift action to bring the Quinn Group into public ownership and run democratically by working class people, not by greedy profiteers. The company is viable – it is the greed of the Quinn bosses which has caused this crisis – not the viability of the company. Workers must not pay the price with their jobs. The Socialist Party offers our political and practical support to Quinn Group workers in their fight to defend jobs.”