Updated: 16/10/17 : 05:59:09
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Job threat in GSK Sligo restructuring process

Restructuring consultation with staff at a Sligo based pharma company resumes this morning, storm permitting.

GSK (Glaxco Smith Kline) emailed all staff last week informing them of the move by the company to improve efficiency at the Finisklin plant where over 120 employees are based.

The email resulted in staff engaging on a one-to-one basis with line managers on Thursday last.

That process is set to continue from today and although a company spokesman told Sligo Today that no redundancies were yet discussed and no figures confirmed, strong rumours are emerging from the plant that as many as 27 jobs are to be lost.

The spokesperson emphasised that while no redundancies had been announced 'in any restructuring process it would be disingenuous to state that no redundancies would take place'.

In a follow up statement to Sligo Today the company said, “As part of our long-term strategic plans for GSK in Sligo, we will be growing the portfolio of products we make here.

"This will see us continuing to manufacture world leading brands already made here in GSK Sligo such as Oilatum and Physiogel but we are also gearing up to introduce some new brands from the GSK consumer healthcare family to Sligo as well.

"As we refocus the site to introduce these new products, we will be working with our employees to identify ways to improve efficiency and reduce our costs.

"The market for consumer healthcare products is very competitive and this work will help us ensure GSK Sligo is operating as effectively as possible,” the statement concluded.

In 2009 GSK took over Stiefel Laboratories and just four months later it was announced that that the plant would close. The plant employed 250 people at the time.

Stiefel Laboratories opened in Sligo in 1975.

GSK said at the time that it had selected the Sligo plant as a dedicated supply site for its Stiefel consumer products and the home of its liquid bottling operation.

In 2015 the company announced a further 50 permanent and temporary jobs in Sligo in its engineering, technical, finance, logistics and project management areas.

It is unsure, at this time, if the consultations will continue today due to a Hurricane Red alert which has closed businesses, schools, colleges for at least 24 hours. See Sligo Today 16/10/2017