South Tipperary is in for a jobs boost this week following news that the County Council has given the green light to ABP meats to substantially expand and relocate their plant near Cahir.
However, there was bad news in Thurles when it was announced that Britvic is to close it’s customer care centre with the loss of 20 positions as a result of ‘restructuring proposals’ aimed at achieving great operating efficiencies.
Britvic management announced the news last week at it’s call and customer support centre in Thurles and this resulted in great shock among the employees, many of whom have been with the company for well over ten years.
The measures include a proposal to separate the Britvic Ireland wholesaling business into a stand-alone entity and relocate the supporting customer care activities for this business from Thurles to Britvic’s facilities in Dublin.
This proposal will mean that it is no longer commercially viable for Britvic to retain a dedicated customer call centre in Thurles and all remaining customer care activities will also transfer to Dublin with associated redeployment opportunities. We understand that a number of employees have expressed an interest in getting involved the relocation process
Commenting a Britvic spokesperson stated: “Britvic remains fully committed to Ireland and to mitigating any job losses arising from this reorganisation. A consultation process with our Thurles based staff will commence immediately aimed at maximizing redeployment opportunities.”
Reacting to the news, Thurles based North Tipperary County Councillor, Seamus Hanafin said,” this is sad news for all the staff who have given long and loyal service to the company and it comes at a time when it is very difficult to find alternative employment. These jobs can trace their lineage all the way back to Dwans Mineral Waters, and it is poignant that these job losses will finally close the book on what was once one of the biggest employers in Thurles,” Cllr Hanafin said.
The job losses at Britvic will have a very demoralisinig affect on other occupants of the ultra-modern Thurles Technology Park which has been held up as a model infrastructure and a really top class facility for anyone wishing to establish a company across a range of sectors. A number of other businesses are operating from the facility with great success, but there is still much space available there for further entrepreneurs to come on board with their plans.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.