Yves Rocher looks set to cut its workforce in Cork by 50%, meaning at least 50 jobs could be lost.
According to worker union Siptu, the company announced the plan in a site-wide communication to all staff on March 31.
Siptu said the cosmetics manufacturer had also advised staff that it was to move two of its production lines from the Kilbarry Industrial Park on Dublin Hill to Rheux in Brittany, France, which is currently operating under capacity.
“The company has also cited the cost of shipping as another reason for its decision,” the union said.
Siptu organiser Paul Depuis said the announcement had caused deep shock among staff and was a major blow to its members and their families and to the northside of the city. He said the move was particularly surprising to staff, given that major restructuring had taken place in 2014/2015.
Union representatives have met with the firm to seek more details and explore whether measures can be applied to preserve as many roles as possible. More meetings are planned in the coming weeks.
Yves Rocher commenced operations in Cork in 1981 and established its Dublin Hill facility in 1984. In 2010, it announced a €3.7m investment in the plant for upgrading of its fabrication and manufacturing areas.
However, in May 2014, the skincare giant announced plans to shed jobs and cut operational activity by a third at its manufacturing plant here. The Cork facility has been the main producer for strategic Yves Rocher brands such as Riche Crème Pure Calmille, Arnica, and Serum Vegetale.
No one was available to comment on the company’s plans last night.
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