Bosses refuse to comment on possible Heinz job losses

Bosses refuse to comment on possible Heinz job losses
A number of jobs could be under threat at the local Heinz plant as part of restructuring the company here and in the UK.

A number of jobs could be under threat at the local Heinz plant as part of restructuring the company here and in the UK.

Last week, the company said it was targeting 248 office job losses across its 2,600 workforce in Ireland the UK.

The company revealed only office workers will be affected.

Although a company representative would not comment individually on the Dundalk plant, job losses are expected at the Inner Relief Road site.

When contacted by The Dundalk Democrat, Nigel Dickie, director of corporate and government affairs for Heinz could not comment further on the matter.

Mr Dickie would not be drawn on the future of the Dundalk factory, saying “Heinz does not comment on speculation.”

The local Unite the Union branch, which only represent production floor staff, told The Dundalk Democrat they have been informed that none of their members will be affected by the cuts.

Unite also wants to meet with management to discuss the implication of the restructing for the workforce.

Unite official Claire Keane said: “Over the years, Heinz has been a reliable employer providing good-quality jobs in Dundalk, and we are confident this will continue to be the case.”

Louth Fianna Fail TD Seamus Kirk said has called on Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, to meet the local Heinz management team regarding future operations.

He said: “Heinz is a large and valued employer in Dundalk and any loss of jobs would be a serious blow to the local economy.

“There are up to 200 staff working at the Dundalk plant every day, including full and part time staff as well as agency workers. The facility also uses many local suppliers.

“Every effort must be made to ensure that the future of the Dundalk operation is secure, that jobs will be maintained and that Heinz can continue to play an important role in the local economy.

“Dundalk simply cannot afford more job losses.”

Over the last number of years, the Heinz factory in Dundalk has been in the spotlight regarding its future.