Intel due to detail job losses in Ireland

Intel Ireland yesterday declined to comment on reports that workers have been told their jobs are at risk and that the company had confirmed its Irish operations would be affected by a global round of job cuts.

A company spokesperson told the Irish Examiner that it wasn’t commenting on claims that senior Irish management had told staff that some workers would be made redundant. The company employs 5,500 staff in Leixlip, Co Kildare; Cork and Shannon, Co Clare.

The multinational chipmaker said last week it was to layoff 12,000 staff, 11% of its total workforce, as it looks to reinvent itself as a leader in cloud computing and move away from its traditional PC manufacturing business.

Staff in Kildare, Cork and Shannon, were told via email that their jobs were in jeopardy and details of which workers would be affected would follow next week, according to reports.

The email, which was first reported by TheJournal.ie, said managers would endeavour to inform “employees eligible for separation programs” within 72 hours of May 4. It is understood workers will be told whether they are to lose their jobs on May 3.

“These restructuring activities will be a difficult time for us all. Through this time, let’s continue to be mindful and take care of each other. I am committed to making sure that everyone receives timely communications and relevant information as soon as possible,” Intel Ireland general manager Eamonn Sinnott said in the email.

It is hoped the impact on its Intel’s Irish operations will be limited, especially in Leixlip, where the company has invested heavily in its manufacturing facility.

In 2014, it announced that it was upgrading the Kildare centre to a cost of more €4bn.

A spokesperson for Intel yesterday referred to a statement last week in the wake of the announcement 12,000 workers were to be made redundant which advised the company was “not providing site-specific information” with regard to the cuts.

“Overall however, we expect that these actions will result in a reduction of up to 12,000 positions globally by mid-2017 through site consolidations, a combination of voluntary and involuntary departures, re-evaluation of projects, and an increased focus on efficiency in a variety of programmes.”


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