A total of €4.1 million is proposed to support the former workers of the Lufthansa Technik Airmotive plant in Rathcoole, Dublin. The European Commission in consultation with the EU Parliament, is proposing to provide €2.5 million of European Globalisation Adjustment Funding (EGF) with the balance coming from the Irish Exchequer. This money will help 250 former workers in Lufthansa Technik Airmotive, two of its suppliers and an additional 200 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) to find jobs.
Reacting to the news Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes, said “I’ll be supporting the Commission’s proposal when it comes before the Parliament in March. The proposed €4.1 million plan for Rathcoole will offer real supports to 450 people. The supports include occupational guidance and career planning assistance, enterprise and self-employment supports, training, further education programmes and higher education programmes, training grants and income supports.”
“When 400 workers lost out as their jobs were outsourced to developing countries, the Government applied to the EU for funding designed to assist people impacted by globalisation. This is a good example of the practical support the European Union can offer its citizens. The financial support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) is an acknowledgement that European solidarity is alive and well.”