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SIPTU to meet with Baxter management

The company will look to have 110 voluntary redundancies by March next year.

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Updated 12.37pm

AMERICAN PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY Baxter Healthcare will lay off 110 people in the early part of 2014.

The company will seek the voluntary redundancies from its operations in Castlebar.

Baxter has over 1,000 employees at plants in Castlebar and Swinford in the county and will look to shed 10 per cent of that number by next March.

The company, which manufactures kidney dialysis products, has been operating in Mayo for over 40 years.

The news will come as a blow to the town, which last week was celebrating the announcement that health services firm Northgate would create 150 jobs in the town.

SIPTU representatives will meet with the management tomorrow to discuss the job losses.

The meeting follows the announcement that the permanent weekend working crew at its plant in Castlebar will be reduced from 180 workers to 70 early in 2014.

SIPTU organiser, Frank Jones, said: “This is devastating news for our members in Baxter Healthcare which currently employs approximately 1,000 workers in Mayo at sites in Castlebar and Swinford.”

He added that the meeting will aim to ensure no compulsory redundancies are enforced.

This article was originally posted at 7.50am.

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