The Government is being urged to set up a task force following the announcement of job losses at C&C.
The drinks company yesterday announced plans to consolidate production in Ireland and the UK, with the loss of 144 jobs across its Irish operations.
126 positions will go at a plant in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary while additional jobs will be lost at depots in Portlaoise and New Ross.
SIPTU is to start a process of consultation with management at C&C.
Yesterday evening, affected employees walked out of a meeting where they were formally told they are to lose their jobs.
The workers said there was no information made available to them about redundancies or redeployment.
Wexford County Councillor Michael Sheehan, has said the community of New Ross is worried about the future of up to 20 workers there: There is widespread concern amongst the New Ross area because if the reports we heard yesterday are true up to 20 people could lose their jobs,
“That is a devastating blow to New Ross and a devastating blow to the economy in the Southeast.
“What I am looking for is Government intervention to make sure that this doesn’t happen and that we have a task force for the Southeast and especially for county Wexford
“We are suffering from long-term unemployment and we are lagging behind the rest of the country.”