Belfast Telegraph

Outsourcing move puts 90 Coca-Cola jobs at risk

By Margaret Canning and Amanda Poole

UP to 90 jobs are at risk after Coca-Cola in Northern Ireland announced a major restructuring move.

Lisburn-based Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, which employs around 620 people at a major manufacturing plant in the city, said it was outsourcing distribution to another company.

A spokeswoman said: “There is a proposal to reduce its cost base and increase operation efficiency to put it into best shape in terms of competing going forward in a challenging market.”

She said the company had decided to outsource distribution to a third party, which would account for some of the job losses.

The spokeswoman said some of the affected staff could be given the option of transferring to the third party.

She said a 30-day consultation began yesterday, when staff were informed of the potential job losses.

DUP Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson told the Belfast Telegraph he was “very concerned” about the prospect of job losses at Coca-Cola.

“They are probably the largest manufacturing employer in my constituency,” he said. “I will be seeking a meeting with senior management about what their plans are and to ensure that those employed continue to have employment opportunities, both now and in the future.”

Michael Dornan, from trade union Unite, said: “Outsourcing is a method of doing things cheaper and is to the detriment of working-class people.

“I hope the workers’ voice will be heard.”

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