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130 jobs lost at GlaxoSmithKline plant in Dungarvan

Several hundred of the Waterford-based plant’s workers were called to an urgent meeting today over facility’s future.

The company's headquarters in London on February 2009.
The company's headquarters in London on February 2009.
Image: AP Photo/Akira Suemori

MANAGEMENT AT THE GlaxoSmithKline plant in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, have told staff that 130 jobs are being cut from the facility’s operations over the next four years.

The company had been carrying out a review of its operations

The UNITE trade union, which represents 500 of the 700 GSK workers in Dungarvan, said its officials would meet with shop stewards at 6pm this evening and will meet with company management at 11am tomorrow.

The union says it will urge the company not to seek compulsory redundancies.

UNITE regional officer Tony Kelly said that workers were told today “that 48 of the jobs [being lost] are due to the transfer of manufacturing of one product to Spain and that 82 jobs will be lost over the next 18 months as part of a cost containment programme recommended by a management consultancy.”

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