Hammer blow for hundreds of workers

HUNDREDS of workers have been hit with a hammer blow for the new year as a spate of job losses was announced across the country yesterday.

Superquinn said its store in Naas in Kildare will close at the end of the month after the expiry of a lease on the building, resulting in the loss of 110 jobs.

The Mandate trade union said Superquinn had given employees 30 days’ notice, with the store set to close on February 4. It is hoped that some employees may be re-deployed to other stores.

Assistant secretary general at Mandate Gerry Light said staff were shocked by the news. “The workers are obviously very concerned for their jobs at a time of such high unemployment, so we will be entering into intensive negotiations with the company over the coming days to secure the best possible outcome for our members.”

For its part, Superquinn said the decision was regrettable but could not be avoided.

“This regrettable decision arises due to the expiry of the lease on the premises and the landlord’s wish to take possession of the store. Superquinn had intended to open a store on an alternative site in Naas prior to the expiry of the current lease but, as a result of current problems in the property market, development of this site is on hold for the time being,” said a statement.

Elsewhere soft drinks giant Britvic revealed it was looking for more than 100 redundancies as part of an overhaul of its operations in Ireland among sales and merchandising roles.

Nine of the jobs will be lost with the closure of a distribution centre in Omagh in Tyrone along with another three from Britvic’s Castelreagh Road plant in Belfast.

Another 35 workers are facing the dole queues with the closure of four Toni & Guy hairdressing salons across the country.

The salons, which are located in Cork, Kilkenny, Dame Street and Essensuals on South William Street in Dublin have been put into voluntary liquidation as part of a restructuring plan to secure the future of the business. The employees affected have been told to apply for a number of jobs available across the other salons within the Toni & Guy group located in Galway, Waterford, Naas, Clarendon St, Dundrum, Malahide, Blackrock, Sandymount and Lisburn Road in Belfast.

The company blamed high rents and salaries, combined with the current economic climate, as the main reasons that have led to the decision.

More bad news on the jobs front occurred in Kerry where almost a third of the workforce at Kerry Airport are to be let go in an attempt to safeguard the future of the regional hub. This will result in the loss of 20 jobs from the total workforce of 65. Chairman Denis Cregan blamed a fall-off in passenger numbers and Ryanair’s decision to reduce services to Dublin.

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