SerCom to cut 120 jobs

SerCom to cut 120 jobs
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Irish firm SerCom Solutions is poised to make 120 staff redundant at its computer assembly facility in Limerick.

The firm, a supply chain management specialist, said in a statement that it is to discontinue the production and assembly of LCD screens for laptop computers from 2 May. The move comes as the company faces “changing customer requirements” which see it handling lower volumes of these products.

Employees at the plant were told of the news on Wednesday evening. A 30-day consultation period between workers and the company will now commence.

SerCom provides a range of supply chain management services to the technology, telecommunications and medical equipment industries including procurement services, assembly and warehousing. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the business support services group DCC, SerCom was established in 1978.

The company employs 312 staff between its operations in Limerick, Dublin, Poland, the US and a facility in China. SerCom set up its office in China in June 2006 and at the time the move was highlighted as something of a turning point for the firm, which laid off 220 staff in its Dublin facility the previous year in a bid to reduce costs.

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The news follows an eventful week for jobs announcements in Ireland; earlier in the week 140 staff at ICT Europe in Belmullet, Co Mayo, which had feared for their jobs, were given a reprieve with the news that their jobs wouldn’t be cut but 50 workers would be put on a four-day week. On Tuesday e-commerce channel management solutions provider ChannelAdvisor announced the creation of 15 jobs in Limerick, while on Wednesday American Power Corporation said it was to shed 35 jobs at its Irish base in Mayo.

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