TRADE UNION SIPTU is to meet with workers and management at a Dublin company which unexpectedly announced yesterday that it is to cut 83 jobs.
Distribution firm Johnson Brothers called the employees at its west Dublin plant into a meeting yesterday afternoon to inform them that the jobs will be lost in its warehouse and transport operations due to outsourcing.
The trade union said the announcement had come as a shock to workers.
An organiser for SIPTU said it will look for alternative options for staff during the 30 day negotiation period during which no notice of redundancy can be served on employees.
“During this period, SIPTU will seek to explore all options for staff,” said Graham Macken. “These include redeployment within the company, possible employment by DHL, the company to which distribution work at Johnson Brothers is being outsourced, and, where necessary, acceptable redundancy terms for staff”.
The remaining 200 staff at the company will not be affected by the announcement.
The company is a logistics, distribution and sales provider based in Ballymount in Dublin. It has been in operation since 1893.