Coca Cola to outsource jobs at its Drogheda operation

Coca Cola to outsource jobs at its Drogheda operation

Coca Cola is to outsource some of the work at its Drogheda plant.

The soft drinks manufacturer is believed to have briefed staff yesterday and a company statement said it is looking at "using third-party providers to provide managed services".

It said the company "is evolving as a total beverage company" and is changing the way it works to increase "speed and agility".

Around 200 people are employed there.

Around half work in the division to be impacted by the outsourcing, but not all of them will be affected.

LMFM News understands that staff in Drogheda were informed of redundancies yesterday afternoon and that some of the processes may be outsourced to an Indian company.

Local Fine Gael deputy Fergus O’Dowd said, ‘any job losses are hugely disappointing and it is hugely distressing for the people concerned. Drogheda has been a very important base for Coca-Cola and hopefully it will continue to be.’

He is asking the Government to make every effort possible to ensure job losses ‘are minimised,’ and, ‘to attract new industry into Drogheda.’

Labour Senator Ged Nash said, ‘There need not be job losses at the Drogheda operation and I am calling on the government and the IDA not to abandon the Coke staff in Drogheda but to fight tooth and nail to retain these valued positions and Coca-Cola’s footprint in Drogheda.’

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