The village of Borrisoleigh was unusually sombre last week following the announcement by Gleeson’s C&C it would be reducing its current workforce at the North Tipp plant by up to one fifth of its current staffing levels.
The company which employs up to 140 people in the village is one of the largest sources of employment in the area. In a statement released last week, the company said it had “engaged with employees regarding the potential reduction of up to 31 roles from our manufacturing site in Borrisoleigh.”
The reason given for the reduction in staff numbers by the company was to “realign its fixed cost base to meet the reduced volume level at the Borrisoleigh plant” as a result of lost contracts for the companies private label manufacturing.Those affected are believed to be part of the 90 strong production team meaning up to one third of that section’s work force would be cut.
“It’s a huge loss to the area,” agrees Marie Shanahan of Shanahan’s Centra in the village. “We are hugely dependent on local trade and our deli trade would be hugely dependent on staff in the factory. We would know every single one of them. You don’t just see them once a day- its breakfast in the morning, coffee at lunchtime, going home in the evening, down to your little top up basket shop.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.