EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Abbott Nutrition

Abbott Nutrition

Geographic Location

Country: Ireland
Region: West; Border, Midland and Western
Location of affected unit(s): Sligo


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.86 - Manufacture of homogenised food preparations and dietetic food
Group: Abbott

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 17-10-2012
Planned Job Reductions min: 180
Planned Job Reductions max: 180
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 17-10-2012
Foreseen End Date: 24-12-2012

Additional Information

Abbott Ireland has announced that it is looking for up to 180 voluntary redundancies out of its 310 workforce at Abbott Nutrition in Sligo. It is reported that some jobs could be lost before Christmas.

The redundancies have been attributed to a “streamlining” of Abbott's global nutrition business. The Sligo plant is the oldest Abbott plant in the Republic and one of three operated by the multinational in the region.

The company has said that it hopes that the job losses can be secured through a voluntary redundancy programme, adding that it would conduct a 30-day consultation phase with workers.