Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Wednesday) welcomed the approval by the European Parliament to provide €442,293 to former workers of PWA International which was based in Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Mr Hayes was speaking in Strasbourg where MEPs overwhelmingly supported the application.
“Under the EU Global Adjustment Fund member states can apply to the EU for funding to assist vulnerable workers who have been made redundant due to the impacts of globalisation. The aircraft maintenance industry is one industry that has suffered. This is due to the increasing trend requiring the industry to relocate to areas where aviation is expanding such as Asia.”
“PWA is one of the companies that has suffered. In 2013, 108 workers in the aircraft maintenance business lost their jobs as part of the global trend towards locating maintenance repair businesses in Asia.”
“The PWA International application that was approved today by Parliament includes measures to assist people who are not currently in education, training or employment. It will be used to provide career guidance, access to education, allowances as well as arrange work placements and work experience.”
“Over the past seven years, Ireland has had nine successful applications for funding through the Globalisation Adjustment Fund. It has helped over 9,700 redundant workers, costing the EU in the region of €60 million. 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 is an acknowledgement that European solidarity is alive and well” concluded MEP Hayes.