Fears for company’s future in Limerick

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

SIPTU officials have expressed “serious concerns” about the future of healthcare company United Drug’s operations in Limerick, as a result of cost cutting measures announced by the company.

SIPTU officials have expressed “serious concerns” about the future of healthcare company United Drug’s operations in Limerick, as a result of cost cutting measures announced by the company.

United Drug employ in the region of 130 people at its Limerick city operation, but staff were told at a meeting last Thursday that the evening shift was to be “shut down”, with the loss of between 38 to 40 jobs. The shift is to be transferred to the company’s operation in Dublin.

Van drivers at the company’s Limerick base are to be made redundant as well as staff on the evening shift, leading to fears among staff that up to 70 jobs could be affected.

Staff on the day shift have also been offered the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy, leading a SIPTU official in Limerick to express fears over the company’s future in Limerick.

“They are closing down the evening shift with the loss of about 38-40 jobs and they are also outsourcing the drivers,” said the official.

“They have said that they would be interested in people on the day shift taking redundancies as well. If that happens, I would be seriously concerned about the future of United Drug in Limerick.”

Sean Coyle, managing director of the company’s healthcare supply division and a former chief financial officer at Aer Lingus, made the announcement to the Limerick workforce directly at a meeting last Thursday to “update staff on changes necessary for the business”, according to a text seen by the Limerick Leader.