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Covidien workers to meet management over Athlone jobs fears

The medical devices company is to hold meetings with staff unions today, after committing to transfer some positions to Thailand.

Covidien chief executive Richard Meelia, at the opening of Covidien's premises in Cherrywood.
Covidien chief executive Richard Meelia, at the opening of Covidien's premises in Cherrywood.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

UNIONS REPRESENTING some 600 staff at the medical devices manufacturing firm Covidien are to meet with management at the plant this morning, following the news that some of its positions will be moved to Thailand.

Staff at Covidien, which has had an operation in Athlone for some 25 years, were told yesterday that the manufacturing line of one of their airways devices was to be moved overseas.

The company said it was committed to its Athlone operation, and hoped to bring new products to the midlands facility, but some positions are likely to be lost, with around 100 jobs likely to be on the line.

Talks between staff and unions will focus on how the staff can be accommodated elsewhere within the company.

Covidien also has operations in Dublin, Tullamore and Galway.

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