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'We want Bose to reconsider, closing this plant is going to hit the county hard'

Siptu is meeting with senior management at the audio company to appeal for them to reconsider the closure of a Monaghan facility.

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UNION OFFICIALS WILL hold a meeting later this week with Bose management in an attempt to convince the company to reconsider or delay the closure of its Monaghan plant.

As many as 140 jobs will be lost at the US-based audio system manufacture’s plant in Carrickmacross, which has been in operation since 1978.

Along with a facility in Columbia, South Carolina, the company is making the closures to streamline its ‘global supply chain’.

Siptu organiser Jim McVeigh said in a statement this afternoon that senior Bose managers are due to visit the Carrickmacross plant on Thursday, and will meet with the union.

“At that meeting, we will press them to reconsider the decision to close the plant or at least for an extension of several months on the proposed winding down date of this April,” he said.

The vast majority of the workforce lives in Monaghan and the closure will have a very significant negative impact on the local economy. There are over 140 people employed at this plant and SIPTU is committed to doing everything possible to protect their interests.

A group of local TDs met with Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton on the issue today, appealing for him to contact Bose management.

The Minister previously spoke with bosses from the company, and had arranged this meeting with Deputies from the area.

“I expressed my regret at the way in which this announcement was handled, in particular the lack of notice given to workers and to the enterprise Agencies,” Bruton said.

I asked the company if they would reconsider their decision or extend the period of notice that has been given to workers. Unfortunately, both options look unlikely.

This situation remains unchanged.

Minister Bruton added that the IDA and Enterprise Ireland are working to get specific projects across the line in the Cavan and Monaghan area which will deliver investment and jobs.

Bose employs around 10,500 people and has sales of €2.9 billion ($3.3 billion).

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