Tuesday 20 March 2018

Publisher Folens to cut staff numbers

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

THE country's main schoolbook publisher, Folens, is seeking a "small number" of redundancies in its business.

Folens also revealed that 10pc of its printing is carried out in India.

The educational publishing company, which employs 75 staff in its printing division, would not reveal exactly how many jobs will be lost.

A spokesperson said there would be a "limited" number of redundancies, and the majority would be voluntary.

Fears of job losses have grown after staff were called to a meeting last Thursday and told they had until 5pm last Tuesday to apply for voluntary redundancy. "Morale is at an all-time low," said a worker, who did not want to be named.

The Folens spokesman said the Indian printing operation would be gradually reduced over the next two to three years.

He said design work was carried out exclusively in Ireland.

"Unfortunately, the printing industry in Ireland does not always offer the opportunity to print exclusively in Ireland at high quality," he said.

Irish Independent

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