Construction workers laid off at Intel

OVER 40 construction workers were laid off at Intel last week, after a contract which would have yielded three years of refurbishment work did not come through.

OVER 40 construction workers were laid off at Intel last week, after a contract which would have yielded three years of refurbishment work did not come through.

It’s understood the construction staff, who were hired by contractors employed by Intel, were let go last Thursday September 22.

It is believed more lay offs could be in the pipeline for the remaining construction workers. Two weeks ago, the workers were informed their overtime was being cut and job losses were in the pipeline.

Responding to queries, Intel said: “We do not comment on the operations of contracting companies at the Intel campus - there is no change to our current plan to prepare the F14 facility for future generation high volume advanced manufacturing as per the details outlined in the $500 investment announcement in January. We are very pleased with the progress of this project to date (200 full time hires, 850 construction jobs) and we are committed to delivering this project as promised to the corporation.”

Intel has been refurbishing Fab 14 in preparation for a new production line. It is hoped the refurbished unit would be used to produce specialised 1270 chips but it not clear if these chips will be built in Leixlip or at plants in Israel or Arizona.