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Up to 50 jobs at risk at Essentra Packaging in Waterford

The company are to initiate a 30-day ‘consultation period’ on the future of their plant in the city.

THERE ARE FEARS in the south-east for up to 50 jobs as Essentra Packaging considers the future of their operations in Waterford.

Essentra, who have had a presence in Waterford since 1979, are to initiate a 30-day ‘consultation period’ on the future of their plant in the city .

Trade union Unite say that the consultation period is with a view to transferring the plant’s operations to the Dublin-based Dakota Packaging, which Essentra has recently acquired.

Speaking following a meeting of Unite members in Essentra, union official Brendan Byrne confirmed the concerns:

The news today that, following its acquisition of Dakota Packaging in Dublin, Essentra is considering closing its Waterford plant with the loss of around 50 jobs has come as a bombshell to workers, their families, and the wider Waterford community.

“Closure of the Waterford Essentra plant would be nothing less than an act of industrial vandalism”, Byrne concluded.

Unite say that a programme of targeted investment in the plant could transform the company’s Waterford operation and will be arguing for this course of action

Multinational packaging company Essentra has operations in 29 countries which includes 42 principal manufacturing facilities.

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