Seagate to cut 14 jobs at Derry plant

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Seagate has announced it will be paying off 14 employees in Derry as part of a review of its operations that will see it shed two per cent of its global 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 Derry Trades Council and a leading organiser with the Unite trade union, which has around 80 members at Springtown, said 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,” he said.