Saturday 19 April 2014

Fears grow for 150 Pfizer jobs in Kildare

Pfizer Ringaskiddy plant during the job cuts announcement in Cork. Pfizer is to cut 275 jobs in Newbridge, Co Kildare, with a further 510 jobs to go if buyers are not found for plants in Dublin and Cork.
Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

THERE are growing fears for some of the 700 jobs at drugs giant Pfizer’s plant in Newbridge in Co Kildare, after staff were called to a meeting early tomorrow.

No announcement has been made yet, but a spokeswoman for the company confirmed that staff had been called to a meeting with management that is due to take place in the morning.


The move has prompted fears that between 100 and 150 jobs could be at risk at the giant one million square foot drug manufacturing facility.


Pfizer is one of the country’s biggest private sector employers with 3,200 employees here, employed at sites in Cork and in Dublin, as well as at the Newbridge facility.


The company declined to say whether today’s meeting had been called to announce a fresh round of job cuts. Around 200 people lost their jobs at the Newbridge site in 2010, in an earlier round of cost cutting.

Pfizer will issue a public statement following the staff briefing, the spokeswoman said. 

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