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SIPTU vows to fight to save Pfizer jobs

Pfizer Newbridge. 150 Job Losses.  Story Paula Campbell, Photo. Jimmy Jimmy Fullam.

Pfizer Newbridge. 150 Job Losses. Story Paula Campbell, Photo. Jimmy Jimmy Fullam.

Trade union SIPTU, which met with Pfizer management on Friday, December 6, to discuss last week’s announcement of 150 redundancies at the Newbridge plant, have vowed to save as many of the jobs as possible.

The SIPTU Pfizer Section Committee met with management on Friday afternoon to get a better understanding of the company’s announcement of 150 jobs cuts last Wednesday, December 4.

At the meeting management agreed to enter into a series of meetings with the union to discuss the current situation.

“The SIPTU position is that we are entering into this process with a view to saving as many of these jobs as possible through any and all means and solutions at our disposal,” said Frank Jones, industrial organiser with SIPTU.

The first of the local level meetings scheduled between SIPTU and Pfizer is to take place next Wednesday, December 11 next.

Employees will now enter into a consultation process. Newbridge is the only Pfizer site nationwide to announce job losses. Some 275 employees have been laid off at the plant in Newbridge since 2010, while there was 1,500 employed by the plant in 2006.

“Consultation is now underway,” said Karen O’Keefe from Pfizer’s Corporate Affairs. “The announcement last week is subject to compliance with all local legal and regulatory obligations, including the obligation to inform and/or consult works councils, trade unions and employee representatives and we will work with them as appropriate.”

 

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