Derry’s largest employer last night dismissed claims that there is a culture of drug use at its plant in the city.
Seagate Technology spoke out after sources told the ‘Journal’ a number of staff have been disciplined in recent weeks.
Seagate last night said it did not comment on disciplinary matters but confirmed that it regularly carries out searches in the plant to ensure compliance with company drug policy.
Seagate says it is committed to providing a “ workplace free of illegal drugs”.
Sources have told the Journal that a number of staff have been disciplined and lockers searched at the company’s Springtown plant as part of a crackdown on a ‘culture of drug use’.
Seagate says any suggestion of a drugs culture at its Derry plant are “inaccurate and offensive” to both the company and to employees.
Spokesman Ian O’Leary says the company is committed to providing a safe and drug free workplace.
“The suggestion that there is a ‘culture of drug’ use at Seagate’s Springtown facility is inaccurate and offensive both to the company and to its exemplary workforce,” he says.
“Seagate is committed to providing a safe and productive environment for all employees. Integral to this is a workplace free of illegal drugs.
“Therefore, in the interest of all, the company does not tolerate the use, sale, possession or being under the influence of drugs on company property or during working hours and we regularly take the necessary measures, including searches, to ensure ongoing compliance with this policy.”
Seagate employs more than 1350 workers at its Derry facility. The company is widely regarded a world leader in the manufacture of recording heads for disc drives.