15 jobs set to go at Limerick manufacturer

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler has bemoaned the losses.

'Devastating for the staff affected': Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler has bemoaned the losses.

HIGH-tech manufacturing firm Optel Vision is to make around 15 staff redundant in Limerick.

Workers at the plant in Raheen were told on Wednesday that due to a slowdown in the firm’s supply chain in the last number of months, it is having to shed 10% of its local workforce.

A​round 120 staff work for the company in the Raheen Industrial Estate.

Headed in Quebec, Optel Vision exists to provide solutions to the manufacturing industry.

It specialises in track and trace and vision inspection solutions for the manufacturing industries.

In 2014, it set up its new European headquarters at the former ON Semiconductor building.

In total, around 100 of Optel Vision's global workforce 720 are set to lose their jobs, a company spokesperson confirmed.

Local Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler. above, bemoaned the losses.

“It’s devastating for the staff affected, especially so close to Christmas,” he said, “I would call on Optel Vision to engage with the staff and provide as much support as they can to ensure the time they have without a job is as minimal as possible”.

Only last January, Optel Vision announced a more than doubling of its workforce in the city.

The company will now embark on a consultation period with members of staff who are to be made redundant.