Fears that Cork job losses could rise as concerns raised about contractors 

Fears that Cork job losses could rise as concerns raised about contractors 

The Novartis plant at Ringaskiddy where 320 job losses were announced this morning. There are now fears for more than 150 contractors at the site as well.

CONCERNS have been raised that many more workers than originally thought could be affected by the decision, announced this morning, to close one of the production buildings at the Novartis pharmaceutical plant in Ringaskiddy.

It was announced today that the closure would come at a total cost of 320 jobs, in business support, administration, production, planning and testing. The first redundancies will be made in Cork site in 2021, with the remainder the following year.

But Cork South Central TD Michael McGrath says there are fears more than 150 contractors at the plant could also be affected. 

Speaking to The Echo this evening, he said that there are a significant number of workers that were not covered by today's statement on the job losses.

“I’m looking for the Minister and the company to clarify, because it is my understanding that the number of contractors currently on-site is in the region of 150 to 200,” said Deputy McGrath. 

He described the job losses as a “really significant blow to Cork.” 

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphries said that she shared his deep sense of concern, and assured him that contact would be made with the contractors that may be impacted. 

Meanwhile Tánaiste Simon Coveney has promised support from State agencies would be made available to affected workers.

But the job losses were described as a ‘hammer blow’ to the region, with long-term staff voicing serious concerns about how likely they were to find alternative employment.

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