29 jobs to go at Heinz

The Heinz plant in Dundalk is seeking twenty-three voluntary redundancies from its operations staff and six compulsory redundancies from management staff.

The Heinz plant in Dundalk is seeking twenty-three voluntary redundancies from its operations staff and six compulsory redundancies from management staff.

The news was delivered to staff last week following the company’s restructuring plan announced earlier in the year.

In a statement Mr Nigel Dickie, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs, set out the company’s proposals.

“Heinz has announced proposals to right-size the workforce at its Dundalk plant to meet reduced production demands in view of the very competitive nature of the market,” Mr Dickie said.

“The proposals involve seeking 23 voluntary redundancies from the operations workforce plus a further six compulsory redundancies are proposed from the staff and management population.

“We recognize the impact this would have on the people impacted, and their families. Heinz is committed to treating everyone involved with respect and compassion.”

According to Heinz, a thirty day consultation process is now underway.

“If the proposals are agreed, those impacted will be offered enhanced severance benefits, along with outplacement to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

“As a result of announcing these proposals there will be a 30 day collective consultation with the union and elected representatives for the management and staff population,” the company said.

According to the company, 219 people work at the Dundalk site.

The news comes after Heinz announced last week that it would be closing its plant in Ontario Canada with over 740 job losses.

In August of this year, Heinz revealed they were targeting 248 job losses across its 2,600 workforce in Ireland and the UK.

At that time, the local branch of the Unite trade union, highlighted that Heinz has been a reliable employer providing good-quality jobs in Dundalk.