Group claims workers want Quinn back on board

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IT HAS been claimed that workers at the Quinn Group, now renamed, the Avantas Group, have renewed their calls for Sean Quinn and his management team to be reinstated.

The call has been relayed through Concerned Irish Citizens based in Ballinamore, a group made up of businesses and individuals on both sides of the border.


Its secretary, Patricia Gilheaney said her office had been contacted by over 200 employees of the Quinn Group about the company’s performance and other matters.

“They are adamant that the only person who can prevent the complete demise of the Quinn Group is Sean Quinn and his team.

“They see no reason why Sean Quinn and his team being reinstated in order to save thousands of jobs, should interfere with current and impending legal actions,” she claimed.

“The jobs will all be gone before the court actions are completed.”

She said the employees had also queried the expense involved in the name changeover, and the company’s drivers had expressed concern at their jobs being revamped or taken away.

“They fear they will be competing with workers from abroad who currently work for half the money, and the probable change in their terms and conditions of employment.”

Ms Gilheaney said she was told that the rebranding was announced on the same day that ‘tens of thousands of pounds worth of Quinn branded diaries, calendars, and other promotional material was delivered’.


“Staff do not know if they will have a job next week, they are under immense pressure and there are large numbers off sick.”

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