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Britvic to slash jobs in Ireland

Up to 145 jobs will be lost through redundancies at leading soft drinks firm Britvic, the company said today.

Britivic told trade union Siptu it plans to close its logistics units in Cork, Waterford and Donegal, concentrating activities at its Dublin base on the Nangor Road. Workforce at their Belfast operation will also be cut by at least 10%.

Billy O’Regan, Britvic Ireland managing director, said the cuts were vital for the company’s future.

“The proposed changes will create a simplified, more agile and lower cost structure that will underpin future growth and competitiveness,” he said.

“It is regrettable but inevitable that these changes, which are vital for the sustainability of our business, will result in job losses.”

Britvic is Ireland’s leading soft drinks firm distributing Ballygowan, 7UP, Club, Mi Wadi and Robinsons and employs about 940 workers. Jobs will go in logistics, finance/IT and sales.

Britvic has alreadymade 60 staff redundant from its business in Cork within the last year.

Siptu Trade Union branch organiser John Flavin said the union was “very disappointed that Britvic did not see fit to consult us before deciding to announce 120 redundancies in its logistics division today”.

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Thursday, December 14, 6:58 pm

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