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Possibility of More Job Losses at Multinational in Nenagh While 200 Go in Limerick

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Procter and Gamble have announced a cost-cutting plan which will be detailed to staff at the Nenagh plant tomorrow. There are 600 currently employed in the plant though there is no mention of how many jobs are to be lost. All part-time staff were sacked in December 2005 and in Feb 2006 a further 75 jobs were lost at the plant.

Edit: Thompson Scientific have also announced 200 job losses in Limerick this evening.

On P&G
Micheal Martin, Enterprise Minister, said staff would be given every support required if the worst fears are realised.
“We will be there to support the workers in any way we can into the future and state agencies will be asked of course to support in terms of whatever announcement may emanate from the company,” he said.

Senator Kathleen O’Meara, Labour Party representative in the area, accused the Government of failing to support the area.
“The fact that the IDA has made no site visits to North Tipperary in over two years shows that we are not on the radar as far as this Government is concerned and are not a target for investment,” Ms O’Meara said.

Noel Coonan, Fine Gael Senator for North Tipperary, claimed the pharmaceutical industry was in a perilous condition in Ireland.
“The Proctor & Gamble plant in Nenagh has been a tremendous benefit to the company’s international operations and I would urge the company to think very carefully before making any drastic decision over its future,” the senator said.

Tipperary has suffered in recent years with a number of firms shedding jobs.
Last April the BSN medical company based in Thurles revealed it would close by the end of the year with the loss of 80 jobs.
In 2001 GMX manufacturing axed 250 posts and the following year pharmaceutical company Aventis-Pharma also cut 250 jobs.

Proctor & Gamble also announced last month it was planning to invest in a factory in Poland. It is understood the company has already set aside €75m for that.

That last factlet is very interesting in light of the worries and rumours that regularly surface surrounding Dell. Equally the issue of competitiveness is easily bigger than taxation when it comes to economics at election time and as Gerry O Quigley has recently pointed out, the solution is not ipso facto wage cutting but a coherent and staged plan for productivity and resources.

On Thompson Scientific
Software firm Thomson Scientific has announced its intention to cut 200 jobs from its workforce in Limerick.

The move comes as part of the company’s plan to integrate its patent and literature editorial production processes, proposing the transfer of work from its facilities in Limerick, Manchester, Holbrook House in London, and Cherry Hill in the United States to the company’s Indian facilities.

Thomson Scientific, which has completed a 30-day consultation period with workers, hasn’t given a definite date for the job losses, but expects the redundancy programme to take about 18 months to complete.

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5 Responses to “Possibility of More Job Losses at Multinational in Nenagh While 200 Go in Limerick”

  1. # Comment by Keith Mar 6th, 2007 18:03

    Thompson Scientific have also gone today

  2. # Comment by mick Mar 6th, 2007 19:03

    The P&G workforce were sent home to their families today and told to come in for an announcement tomorrow at 10am. That doesn’t sound like a small reduction in numbers. That’s more like we’re bolting the PCs to the desk and locking up the stationary before telling you what we decided.

    It’s only 6 to 7 years since they closed a plant in England and moved production to Nenagh. In the years after that apparently the union got cocky and thought the plant was untouchable. They pushed things too far and made them uncompetitive. Most of the management will be on the ex-pat system that P&G use. Managers (even mid level managers) move between plants every 3-4 years. They will be moved to other P&G sites but it’s the unionised workforce who will lose out.

    With a number of other major employers in the mid west under threat (e.g. Dell and their many local suppliers like Sercom) it looks like that area might be the hardest hit in the next few months.

  3. # Comment by squid Mar 6th, 2007 22:03
  4. # Comment by mok Mar 7th, 2007 11:03

    280 jobs to go in the skincare plant by 2009. Thats the oldest section. The 220 jobs in the cosmetics section which was set up in 1999 are to stay. As was mentioned earlier the union are a BIG problem in P&G espeially in the older skincare workforce.

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