McHugh welcomes Minister’s intervention for Assetco workers

Fine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has confirmed the intervention of Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, who has formally requested that Enterprise Ireland, NERA (National Employment Rights Authority) and the Department of Social Protection intervene to establish the rights of Buncrana employees of Assetco Managed Services.

Fine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has confirmed the intervention of Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, who has formally requested that Enterprise Ireland, NERA (National Employment Rights Authority) and the Department of Social Protection intervene to establish the rights of Buncrana employees of Assetco Managed Services.

Minister Bruton’s intervention followed representations made to the Minister by Deputy McHugh. Thirty workers at Assetco Managed Services were told this week that the company was closing. Minister Bruton has asked NERA to meet with the workers concerned.

Deputy McHugh said: “I know from conversations yesterday with Assetco Managed Services employees that the placing of the company into administration was very distressing. Initially workers were given until 5.30pm yesterday evening to agree to terms of exit with the administrators; this has now been extended until today. I contacted the receivers, KPMG, in London yesterday evening to seek this extension, and I also sought the intervention of Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD”.

Minister Bruton has formally requested Enterprise Ireland, NERA and the Department of Social Protection to definitively establish the rights of workers and has asked NERA to meet the workers concerned.

“I have arranged a meeting with the IDA on a cross-Party basis for Donegal Oireachtas Members for Friday, November 23, to discuss employment issues across our county, including in Buncrana.”