Boston Scientific Jobs Threat Unresolved
Cllr Catherine Carey of Sinn Féin has learned that management at Boston Scientific have deferred their deadline for acceptance of the ‘voluntary’ retirement package at their Clonmel plant.
Cashel councillor Martin Browne first drew attention to the planned job cuts, in which 60 older staff members were asked to retire early, with the threat hanging over them that 120 redundancies of their flexi-time collleagues would follow if ‘volunteers’ were not found. The original deadline for acceptance of the deal was April 24th.
Cllr Carey has now learned that this deadline has been pushed back. She understands that this is likely because the 60 volunteers were not forthcoming; it is surmised that this is because the money on offer was simply too unattractive.
The company has offered a maximum of €20,000 to those willing to leave the company. No increase in the amount on offer has been made. The company is enormously profitable, and continues to buy up other companies, including one purchased recently in which the deal included cash up front of approximately €1.4 billion.
In addition, Cllr Carey has learned that the deal is now being offered to all staff, as long as they have 10 years service.
Concern has also been expressed by some staff that when meetings are called no members of the HR department are present to answer questions, and that questions asked via supervisors are not being answered. It has not been made fully clear what effect taking the deal will have on pension entitlements, for example.
Senator David Cullinane – also of Sinn Féin – has learned of the staffing situation, and has indicated his availability to meet with the workers if that will assist them.
Boston Scientific does not permit union representation.