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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Union calls on C&C to find buyer for UK plant

Published 14/04/2016 | 02:30

Unions have urged the owners to repay the loyalty of workers at the Shepton Mallet cider plant,due to close in the summer
Unions have urged the owners to repay the loyalty of workers at the Shepton Mallet cider plant,due to close in the summer

Trade union Unite has urged Irish drinks maker C&C to find a buyer for a plant at Shepton Mallet in the UK rather than closing it this summer with the loss of 120 jobs.

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C&C, which makes Bulmers and other drinks including Tennent's, announced in January that it will consolidate cider production at its site in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, leading to the closure of the UK site.

It also means closing a facility at Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, which will result in the loss of up to 120 jobs there.

Another 20 jobs will be lost at depots in Portlaoise and New Ross, but 10 positions will be created at a depot in Kilkenny. C&C is investing €10m in Clonmel, and will create 80 jobs there. The company is hoping some of the Borrisoleigh staff will relocate to Clonmel.

"Since buying the (Shepton Mallet) plant in 2009, C&C has profited from the association with Shepton, which has been synonymous with cider-making for centuries," Unite regional coordinating officer Steve Preddy said yesterday.

"It is unacceptable that the company should now decide to divest itself of the plant and its loyal workforce without a backward glance," he added.

He said C&C should find a buyer for the plant so it can continue cider making.

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