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Fears over job losses at Drinks Inc in Belfast

By Margaret Canning

Drinks firm Drinks Inc is making 12 workers redundant at its Boucher Road depot in south Belfast, it has been claimed. Trade union SIPTU said 12 out of the 100-strong workforce of the drinks distribution business had been told they were being let go.

It's understood the company is currently holding a consultation with staff over potential job losses.

But a spokesman for the firm refused to comment.

A related company, Jar Ltd, owns and leases out pubs in Belfast including The Bar With No Name, formerly Auntie Annie's, the Fountain Tavern and Aether & Echo.

SIPTU organiser Niall McNally said: "Staff were shocked at the announcement that the company intends to implement these redundancies.

"Drinks Inc Ltd's business interests include a number of well-known bars across Belfast and after a busy Christmas period the workers feel betrayed by this move to make staff redundant."

He said the union had written to Drinks Inc requesting a meeting. He added: "There is no need for these redundancies and we will be discussing various alternatives to these job losses at the meeting." He said staff were told that jobs were at risk in a letter which they were handed at the end of their shift on Tuesday.

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