Last month I suggested that Dell could end production at its manufacturing facility in Limerick in the New Year. This morning the rumour became reality, with the announcement by the global computer giant that it is cutting its workforce at the plant by 1,900 over the next year. Currently 3,000 people are employed at the site.
Many staff at the facility, who just last autumn raised over €44,000 for local community charities in Limerick, will now be in need of financial support themselves as they face the dole queue.
Apparently Dell is planning to move production of computers to Poland and third-party manufacturers over the next 12 months.
According to RTÉ, the workers employed at Limerick were called to meetings beginning at 9 o’clock this morning. The national broadcaster estimates that 10,000 jobs in sub-supply companies rely on Dell business and a large-scale withdrawal will affect jobs in the wider industrial community in the area.