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Published on 25 February 2008

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GSK reveals further job losses

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced plans to axe around 330 jobs in the UK’s Cumbria county after revealing 100 jobs are being lost in the Republic of Ireland.

The union Unite is now demanding talks about the job losses at the site in Ulverston.

National officer Phil McNulty said: “Unite will fight any attempt at enforced redundancy for our members in Ulverston.

“We are determined to keep as many of these jobs in Ulverston as we can, and are appalled by the company’s plans to outsource elements of chemical production.

“The UK pharmaceutical industry must be protected from this devastating blow and we expect Government to plan its part in securing jobs in the UK for an essential UK industry.”

GSK said last week that the cutbacks at its Cork plant are due to a drop in sales for some of its best-selling drugs.

Vice-president and site director Finbar Whyte said: “We very much regret the impact these proposals may have on our staff and their families.

“In terms of any redundancies which may arise we will do everything we can to provide the necessary support to those impacted.

“This proposal is not a reflection on the performance of the site or the commitment of our employees.”

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