Saturday 22 October 2016

SIPTU meeting with C&C over plans to close Tipperary plant putting 140 jobs at risk

Published 12/01/2016 | 08:45


C&C, the company that makes Bulmers cider, is to shut two of its plants, which could lead to the loss of over 260 jobs.

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The firm is expected to tell workers this week about its plans that also include the closure of a plant in Somerset in the UK, according to reports.

Trade union SIPTU said it is seeking an 'urgent' meeting with the company over its plans for the Tipperary bottling plant.

“Later today the SIPTU workplace committees in both the Borrisoleigh and Clonmel plants will meet with local management to discuss the situation. We intend to engage with senior management at the company as soon as possible to confirm its intentions and to ensure the interests of our members are respected," said SIPTU Organiser, Terry Bryan.

In the firm's last financial statement it revealed that it was looking to cut some €15m a year and that it had been looking at its Irish and British operations.

The company would not comment today but a statement is expected.

It is understood that the group will look to close its water-bottling plant in Borrisoleigh in Tipperary where it employs some 140 people. However, according to a report in the Irish Times, production will be moved to Clonmel, where 80 jobs are said to be created.

It is still unclear that those who may lose their positions  in Borrisoleigh will be offered redeployment in the firm's Clonmel base.

The full plant at Borrisoleigh isn't expected to be shut completely, with the expectation for it to continue as a warehouse and distribution centre.

C&C is reportedly also looking to close another plant in Somerset, England, where it employs more than 120 people.

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