TDs concerned over Coca-Cola job losses in Drogheda
Pointing to "massive under-investment as it stands" in the area, local TD is calling on Employment Minister to enter negotiations to halt job losses in Drogheda
29 January 2019 | 0
It is understood some 50 jobs could be lost at Coca-Cola’s integrated services operation in Drogheda, Co. Louth, where 200 people are employed.
In a statement, the soft drink heavyweight said: “Coca-Cola is evolving as a total beverage company, and that includes changing the way we work to increase our speed and agility.”
It noted that the Drogheda facility “provides a broad range of support services globally, including for finance, procurement, human resources and a number of other areas.
“As we move to provide the next generation of services, we’re looking for opportunities to think innovatively,” the company added. “This includes using third-party providers to provide managed services.”
Local TDs have expressed their concern about the impact of this development in Drogheda.
“Very disappointed” by the move, Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said: “It is essential that any employee who becomes unemployed is fully supported by the state and that every effort will be made to help them re-enter the workforce as quickly as possible and to assist their transition at this very difficult time.”
Meanwhile, The Irish Mirror reports that Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster wants Employment Minister Regina Doherty to enter negotiations with the company to stop the job losses occurring.
“Coca-Cola, which announced an investment of €26m in its plant in Ballina last September, has been part of the fabric of Drogheda for many decades and a mainstay for employment over that time,” Munster said, calling on the Minister to “fight for jobs in this town.
“Drogheda has lost out enough over the years and has massive under-investment as it stands,” Munster added, “which makes it even more imperative that we retain the jobs that we have.”