Seagate to pay off 14 at city plant

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Major Londonderry-based hard disk manufacturer, Seagate, has announced it will be paying off 14 people as part of a global review of its operations that will see it shed two per cent of its workforce (1,000 workers).

In a statement, a spokesperson for the hard disk giant advised: “Seagate can confirm that, as a part of continual optimisation of workforce resources, it has initiated an action to reduce the company’s workforce by approximately 1000 employees globally (about 2 percent).

“At the Springtown facility, 14 employees will be affected by this action.

“Seagate continues to make investments that target growth and drive future technologies to achieve its vision.

“Given the complexities of Seagate’s markets and business, along with the investments that need to be made, it is necessary that the company continually reviews its operations and spending, making adjustments as needed. Unfortunately, at times, the workforce is affected by these decisions.”

Liam Gallagher, Secretary of Londonderry Trades Council and a leading organiser with the Unite trade union, which has around 80 members at Springtown, told the Sentinel he hoped the long-term viability of the plant was not in doubt.

“It’s very, very disappointing to hear that there are going to be job losses. We would hope that whatever the plans are globally the demand is still there for the plant’s core business and that there is no threat to its long term future.

“Whilst Unite would have difficulties with management, we recognise that Seagate is one of the last major employers in the manufacturing sector in the North West and have welcomed their commitment to the North West. We hope that continues and that this is just a blip and nothing more serious.”