C&C jobs blow for New Ross

By David Looby

Published 19/01/2016 | 16:53

C&C, formerly Finches, at Butlersland, New Ross.
C&C, formerly Finches, at Butlersland, New Ross.

THE loss of 20 jobs at the C&C bottling plant in New Ross has been described as a devastating blow to the area.

SIPTU has entered talks to transfer the employees in a bid to salvage something from the situation.

The company announced last week that 126 positions will be lost at Borrisoleigh in Co Tipperary with additional job losses in Portlaoise and New Ross.

Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District Cllr Michael Sheehan said: 'The news about the loss of the 20 jobs in C&C is of great concern. I hope that the people involved are given transfer opportunities within the company. However, it's a huge blow to New Ross and a devastating start to the new year for all concerned.'

Cllr Sheehan said the government needs to intervene in the situation and ensure a replacement industry for New Ross is found and that the facility is acquired and used. 'We have too many vacant buildings in the area, this is that last thing we need. I believe we need a Task Force and we need a strong commitment to the people of New Ross as we haven't had a new job announcement in 20 years and without government intervention, it will be another 20 before we have another, by then it will be too late.'

SIPTU will enter a process of consultation with management at C&C after 144 job losses were announced yesterday.

The drinks company is cutting costs in Ireland and the UK.

Wexford County Councillor Michael Sheehan, says the community of New Ross is worried about the future of up to 20 workers:

'There is widespread concern amongst the New Ross area, because if the reports that we heard yesterday are true up to 20 people could lose their jobs. 124 roles will be lost at its plant in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, with a further 20 job losses at C&C depots in Portlaoise and New Ross.

The company is consolidating production at its manufacturing site in Clonmel, where it is investing €10m and creating 80 new jobs.

In addition, 10 new roles are to be created at its depot in Kilkenny, resulting in a net loss of 54 jobs in Ireland. A further 127 jobs will be lost at its Shepton Mallet plant in England.

In a statement, the company said that production and packaging will be transferred on a phased basis from the facilities in Shepton Mallet and Borrisoleigh to Clonmel.

It said that Clonmel will become the core manufacturing site for both Bulmers and Magners cider, Tipperary Water and its range of premium beers and ciders.

The company said trading in the UK and Ireland has been intensely competitive over recent years, which resulted in significant downward pricing pressure and the loss of material contracts for private label water.

C&C added that while production at its Borrisoleigh site will cease, it will remain as a key transport hub for the company and both logistics and warehousing operations will be maintained in the town.

Around 15 employees will remain at the Borrisoleigh site to carry out these duties.

"This has been a difficult decision for the group and it is sad that the consolidation of production at the Clonmel site is the only viable option to maintain long term competitiveness," today's statement said.

It added that C&C recognises the impact on employees and will work to provide support, training, and where possible, alternative employment.

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