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Sangers AAH cuts 48 jobs in Northern Ireland at Belfast site

Nearly 50 jobs are to be lost at a pharmaceutical company in Northern Ireland.

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AHH Pharmaceuticals, which merged with Sangers in 2016, confirmed that 48 full time roles will be lost in Northern Ireland.

AAH has a warehouse in Castlereagh in Belfast.

In a statement a spokesman said: "We purchased the Sangers business in 2016 and initially merged the AAH Pharmaceuticals and Sangers’ branches in Belfast. 

"We are now in a position to complete the integration. 

"As a result of this work to amalgamate our systems and centralise some of our processes, we will be removing the equivalent of 48 full time roles across all areas of the business. 

"We retain our commitment to a local workforce that can provide a great service to our customers in Northern Ireland. 

"Our colleagues have been told and indications are that we will be able to achieve this number through voluntary redundancy.  Nevertheless, it is an unsettling time for people and we will try and complete this work as quickly as possible."

Drugs in a pharmacy (Julien Behal/PA)

Unite Regional Officer George Brash said: "Today’s announcement that forty-eight jobs will go across both businesses as a result of the completed merger process will not be news to our members but it will still be concerning to the Sangers-AAH Pharmaceuticals workforce. Unite will continue to engage directly with management to ensure that the interests of our members are defended fully.

“While we remain optimistic that the redundancies confirmed today can be met on a voluntary basis, meaning compulsory redundancies can be avoided, this is still a net loss of forty-eight jobs to the Northern Ireland economy.

"It also substantively increases the dependence of the entire pharmacy sector on one major distributor. We will want to see assurances that the terms and conditions of our members are upheld throughout the process."

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