Fears over job losses at LacPatrick allayed

LAKELAND Dairies has moved to allay workers’ fears over further job losses.
In recent days the company – known as Lakeland Dairies Co-operative Society Ltd, following a merger with LacPatrick earlier this year – announced a “rationalisation of processing facilities in Monaghan” resulting in 68 redundancies.
This week it was feared that any such rationalisation could be extended to the local Artigarvan plant however a spokesperson for the society said this will not transpire. 
“The announcement related solely to an adjustment of operations in Monaghan and is not connected with any other site,” they said.
Since the merger of LacPatrick Dairies and Lakeland Dairies was completed in April, the new society said it has reviewed how best to integrate the functions of all sites in order to best support the 3,200 Lakeland Dairies farm families.
Prior to the merger, the Monaghan site, as part of the LacPatrick Dairies business, was said to have significant and recurring losses. The site was also described as having little or no investment in processing capabilities over the years.
Michael Hanley, CEO of Lakeland Dairies said, “It is essential for us to realise efficiencies from within our merged group of processing facilities and to achieve sustainable profitability in the interests of our farm families on a long-term basis for the future. 
“After careful consideration, the board has approved this plan for the Monaghan town site which will reduce operating costs while providing for the continuation of strategic units for the business.
“Arising from this adjustment of operations, it is regrettably the case that a number of redundancies will be required in Monaghan and we will enter into consultation to discuss the roles that will be affected. We will also be providing details of any redeployment opportunities available in other parts of the Lakeland Group.  
“Of the 130 jobs in Monaghan, there will be some 68 redundancies on the site while some will be redeployed elsewhere within the Lakeland Group.”
He added, “While this development is difficult for everyone concerned, it is necessary to ensure we operate our business in the most efficient manner. It has been the core strategy of Lakeland Dairies to ensure that all sites are run as profitably as possible to ensure we are well-positioned to meet the demand of a competitive global dairy market while protecting the future of our 3,200 farm families.”

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