Mayor seeks assurance that Clonmel jobs are safe

The Mayor of Clonmel has sought a meeting with management at the town’s Boston Scientific plant to seek assurances that the plant won’t be affected by up to 1400 job losses it has announced in its operations worldwide.

The Mayor of Clonmel has sought a meeting with management at the town’s Boston Scientific plant to seek assurances that the plant won’t be affected by up to 1400 job losses it has announced in its operations worldwide.

Cllr Darren Ryan wrote to management at Boston Scientific Clonmel, which is one of South Tipperary’s biggest employers, following the announcement last Friday that the parent company plans to shed between 1200 and 1400 medical device jobs in its international operations by the end of 2013 through a combination of layoffs and attrition.

While no indication has been given as yet as to where the posts will be lost, the Mayor said he was anxious to meet with representatives of the Clonmel plant to get assurances that there will be no job losses at the plant.

The Labour councillor said he had been inundated with calls and e-mails from worried local Boston Scientific employees asking him if he had heard anything.

“Every effort must be made to retain all posts in Clonmel. There is an extremely qualified and dedicated workforce in the Clonmel plant and this must be reflected when the decision is being made,” he told The Nationalist.

Cllr Ryan hadn’t received any response from Boston Scientific management at the time of going to press yesterday (Tuesday).

“It’s something I will be pursuing and endeavouring to get. This is people’s livelihoods at the end of the day. Boston Scientific makes a great contribution to the local economy and we need to be sure that the Clonmel plant is retained.”

Boston Scientfic employs more than 700 people in its Clonmel operation, which manufactures pacemakers.

The multi-national hasn’t specified, which divisions would be cut in its latest global restructuring programme, which was announced a day after it unveiled plans to expand its operations in China.