Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed his support to the estimated 30 employees who have lost their jobs at C&C’s Gleeson plant in Borrisoleigh. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a period of intense speculation around the continuing viability at the plant ended with today’s announcement which amounts to nearly a third of the workforce:
“This is devastating news for the workers and their families as they prepare to face what is going to be a very challenging time ahead.
Since I attended the C&C AGM at the start of last month there has been growing uncertainty around the entire C&C operation in Tipperary, both at the Gleeson plant and at the Bulmers site in Clonmel.
It now must be made clear by CEO Stephen Glancy if the loss of the supermarket contracts which precipitated today’s job losses is going to have a knock on effect in Clonmel.
I am calling for the immediate intervention of the Minister for Social Protection to ensure that, like the Cleary’s workers in Dublin, all necessary assistance is given to the affected workers in Borrisoleigh, given the proportionate impact of the job losses for the area.
Beyond this however there must be a real and meaningful clarification given around the viability and commitment of the C&C Group to its entire workforce within the county.
The remaining workers and their families deserve nothing less given that, quite frankly, it is extremely frustrating at this point for everyone involved to have to repeatedly seek such assurances,” concluded Deputy McGrath.