Wednesday 24 January 2018

Hospital and restaurant create 128 jobs

Ralph Riegel and Anne-Marie Walsh

MORE than 128 jobs will be created at a private hospital development and an expanding restaurant chain.

Cork Medical Centre (CMC) is recruiting 100 clinical staff at a new €90m hospital, while restaurant chain Nando's will create 28 jobs in Cork when it opens its fifth franchise in Ireland.

The employment boost comes as it was revealed that up to 90 jobs may be saved at Britvic and Superquinn, which announced major redundancy plans recently. Up to 52 workers at the grocery retailer and a further 40 at the soft drinks giant can hang on to their jobs if they agree to work at new locations.

The announcement at CMC comes after it opened in October with the promise of creating 525 new jobs by 2012.

The 100 clinical staff being recruited are in the areas of nursing, theatre, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy.

Located at CityGate in Mahon, CMC will cater for private healthcare needs in the Munster area. The facility is operated by Sheehan Medical, which is already involved in the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin and the Galway Clinic.

Restaurant chain Nando's confirmed it is to create 28 jobs. The new outlet will open in Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork, next Wednesday.

Nando's operates two restaurants in Dublin and Belfast and has a workforce of 155. The chain said it had plans to open two new outlets in Dublin city centre later this year.

Meanwhile, Superquinn staff in Naas have voted to accept a deal that means up to 52 of them may keep their jobs. A total of 103 workers at the store face redundancy next month when the store's lease expires.

Mandate members accepted the deal in a vote, meaning 52 jobs will be on offer in other Superquinn stores on the same terms and conditions.

A once-off redeployment payment of €1,000 will be made to those who avail of the scheme, as well as a temporary travel payment of €25 a week for the first three months. The redundancy package on offer is five weeks' pay per year of service, plus statutory redundancy.

The union has also brokered a similar deal with soft drinks group Britvic, which announced 100 redundancies earlier this month; redeployment is on offer to up to 40 staff.

Irish Independent

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