Date Released: 04 December 2013
SIPTU representatives will meet with the management of Pfizer Ireland on Friday, 6th December, at 2.00 p.m. to discuss its announcement of 150 job losses at the company’s plant in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
SIPTU Organiser, Frank Jones said: “The announcement today (Wednesday, 4th December) that the company intends to make 150 workers redundant during 2014 is deeply distressing to the workers’ families and has had a devastating effect on the Newbridge area. Over 70 SIPTU members are among those workers facing the loss of their jobs.
“The timing and phasing of these job losses is particularly of concern with management stating that the redundancies will be fully implemented between the second quarter of 2014 and the end of the year.”
He added: “A previous round of redundancies, which was spread out over three years rather than a few months, has just been completed at the plant. We believe that the pool of workers who will accept a voluntary redundancy package has been exhausted.
“The purpose of the meeting on Friday is to explore the potential to reduce the number of proposed job losses and to try and ensure that no compulsory redundancies are implemented.”