Thursday, February 19, 2009
One of Clonmel's flagship industries, Cider maker Bulmers, is to cut 103 jobs at its plant in Clonmel.
Aidan Murphy, a Director at C&C Group, told staff this morning that up to 50 management jobs will go, with the balance coming from a reduction in operators.
Murphy said: 'Today is a very difficult day for the company as we implement a number of redundancies, right across the business.
'This action is necessary in order to protect future jobs and safeguard the viability of the company.'
Two years ago, Bulmers employed more than 600 workers, following a huge expansion on the back of improved cider sales. At that stage 150 were let go, now a further reduction of 103 will go through voluntary redundancies.
Last week, a number of senior management people were let go.
This is a sad day for Clonmel, but it is a particularly bleak day for the staff who are losing their jobs. These workers and their families still have mortgages to pay, children to get through school and all in an uncertain jobs environment.
Our thoughts are with them.