Concerns on future of C&C Group

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Deputy Michael Lowry has appealed to the Minister for Jobs, Richard Burton (FG),  to urge the company, C&C Group, to be more upfront with its staff across Tipperary.

Last November, it was announced that the drinks company was taking over M&J Gleeson and then, in May of this year it was announced that Bulmer's Ireland was to be subsumed into M &J Gleeson.

The matter was raised under Topical Issues in the Dail yesterday.  Deputy Lowry claimed that C&C Group had been guarded in explaining its future intentions for the overall company.  He said that workers both from Gleesons in Borrisoleigh and Bulmer's in Clonmel have complained at the lack of information being made available to them. 

He referred in particular to the fact that in recent months a number of redundancies in Bulmers in Clonmel were announced and that it has been announced internally that C&C Group intend to move the administration, accountancy and marketing functions to Belfast meaning the loss of 50 jobs across the plants in Borrisoleigh, Clonmel and Dublin.

These factors along with the disparity in pay and general terms and conditions between the Bulmers and M & J Gleeson plants have prompted the Independent TD to urge the Minister for Jobs and other state agencies to convey these concerns to the highest level of management at C&C Group.