Fears of job losses as County Limerick waste firm

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

THE consortium which has taken over Mr Binman has said there will be a need for “restructuring”, with an assessment under way in Luddenmore.

THE consortium which has taken over Mr Binman has said there will be a need for “restructuring”, with an assessment under way in Luddenmore.

It remains to be seen if jobs will be lost as a result of this, but staff have said there could be as many as 55 job losses at the waste company.

A major employer in County Limerick, Mr Binman employs more than 330 people at its plant just outside Kilmallock.

But staff sources in the firm have said they fear that there will be redundancies of some kind.

The Limerick Leader has learnt that this week, Mr Binman shut down a small part of the plant which separates the litter, with eight staff redeployed elsewhere in the operation.

Workers are hoping the money saved from shutting down production here will mitigate against any proposed job losses.

There were fears for the future of the company overall when in October, it went into examinership.

But last month, the company was saved when it was bought by an investor group headed by Brian Dillon of Dillon Waste and Recycling in Tralee.

The consortium confirmed it would retain the iconic Mr Binman brand, which was established in 1992.

But they could not confirm the level of staff, or new management structure which would exist.

One member of staff, who did not wish to be identified, said: “There is a big fear out there now. We just want some clarity on the situation.”

Another worker added: “If they have to let people go, they will. They are not just going to keep on people for the sake of it. More than likely, there will be some job losses, but it won’t be on the scale of 75 - 80. What are 20 job losses in terms of keeping the business going?”

But in a statement to the Limerick Leader, a spokesperson for the consortium stated: “The fact is Brian Dillon has committed to assessing the business for the first 30 days. This is up in about two weeks. The purpose of that assessment is to review the business and make sure it is viable into the future. Brian Dillon is confident of this and securing the future of the business for Limerick.”

The spokesman added that staff have been made aware of a need for “some restructuring”.

“However, no decisions have been made yet and wont be for the next few weeks,” the spokesman added.

Mr Binman serves more than 50,000 waste customers across Co Limerick. It is estimated there are approximately 200 people relying on the company through sub-supply operations.