Cable firm jobs at risk

THE 104 staff of a copper-cable manufacturer will know within the next few hours whether or not they are to lose their jobs due to the company’s closure.

The omens for B3 Solutions did not appear to be good last night as the receiver was unable to tell staff of any parties interested in taking over the troubled Longford firm.

SIPTU which represents the staff, said accountants from Deloitte, which is acting as receiver, had confirmed midday today was the deadline for finding purchasers interested in buying the company as a going concern.

“It is not too late to find purchasers to take over B3 Solutions as a going concern,” said SIPTU branch organiser Sean Nolan.

“There is a very productive workforce which has co-operated with management over the past year by facilitating short-time working arrangements.

“Our members are very angry at the manner in which their jobs have suddenly been placed under threat and it is up to all concerned, including the receiver, public representatives, the IDA and the Government to save this plant before it is too late.”

It is understood that representatives of the receiver met with Government agencies yesterday morning, including the IDA.

The workers want the Government representatives to meet with Eircom and the ESB to ensure that their contracts with the company can be retained.

It is known that Eircom is currently product testing fibre cable technology as an alternative to the copper cable, although it is understood that it would take a number of years to put in place nationwide.

B3 Solutions, which manufactures copper-based cable for Eircom and other customers, has provided employment at its plant at Aghafad, near Longford town, for three decades.

It was placed into receivership last week by the Manchester-based B3 Cable Solutions.


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