Mondelez, makers of Cadbury Snack bars is ceasing production of its iconic chocolate treats at its Dublin based Coolock plant where they been made for decades. And the reason? Production is being shifted to Poland because Mondelez says that costs in Ireland are twice as high as in other European locations.
Cynical in the extreme
That is what a scientist or a judge, or anyone running a business in Ireland, would call a fact. All the other stuff that dreamers and liars say about the need to raise wages in Ireland is fantasy. The new prophets of this ‘living wage’ (a fully loaded term) – that is a wage that is considerably higher than the wages that has driven Mondelez out of Ireland – are cynical in the extreme.
If you want to kill off jobs, especially badly needed jobs for people who have pretty basic training, then the ‘living wage’ is the way to do it. That’s why we say it should be called the ‘killing wage’ as it will surely kill jobs. Big Trade Unions and the Big Business Umbrella driving the ‘living wage’ agenda seems to be particularly nonsensical to us.
Remember the National Training Fund?
Whatever happened to training? Training is one way to increase the wage power of those who are on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder. But where are the cries for further training grants from those in government? We remember the National Training Fund that was supposed to be a Euro for Euro scheme to help train both the employed and unemployed? In the last six years this fund has disappeared with ALL that training money going to CES schemes which is a ‘care and maintenance’ solution that does nothing to make people fit for work. At ISME we say we need to have that training fund back.
Costs, not just wages, are double
Mondelez isn’t leaving Ireland because they’ll save a Euro an hour. They’ve said it straight. Cost of business in Ireland, and that includes everything - not just wages, are DOUBLE of those elsewhere in Europe. And before the usual shout goes up that this is big business doing a smash and grab on our economy. It should be remembered that Mondelez, in the form of Cadbury, was in Coolock probably longer than many of the commentators have been on planet earth.
It’s time for these fantasists to forget their living wage and to get a life. Otherwise watch the country preparing for economic suicide again.