Tuesday 21 January 2020

Telecoms firm sheds 60 staff as Kellogg's adds 50

Anne-Marie Walsh

MORE than 60 jobs are to be lost at Dublin telecoms firm Avaya.

Workers at the firm's Sandyford base were in shock yesterday after learning that they were to be paid basic statutory redundancy, which entails two weeks' pay per year of service plus an extra week.

Avaya, which is owned by a private equity company, is consolidating some of its operations with another base in Galway.

A further 34 workers will transfer to the western base as part of the plan.

The IDA-backed company said it would begin consultations with staff after informing them that they face redundancy at the end of September.

Meanwhile, Kellogg's said it was creating 50 jobs as part of an expansion plan.

Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Minister Batt O'Keeffe said the announcement showed confidence was returning to the economy and investors were "preparing for recovery".

Kellogg's said it would be recruiting for senior positions in European marketing, finance and sales at its European headquarters in Swords before the end of the year.

"Our vision is to become the food company of choice and through our European headquarters we are building a centre of excellence here in Dublin, which supports our teams in their local markets," said Tim Mobsby, president of Kellogg's Europe.

"Ireland is a great place to do business. We are able to attract highly skilled professionals in this market and we are confident that we can continue to build our functional teams here to sustain growth across our European business."

Managing director of Kellogg's Ireland Jim McNeill said the retail sector had experienced significant change in the past 12 months but it was enjoying growth in its business.

Kellogg's employs 200 people in the Republic and set up its European headquarters in Swords in 2005. It has a workforce of 31,000 worldwide, with more than a quarter of these located in Europe.

Irish Independent

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