Gallaher’s cigarette factory in County Antrim, Northern Ireland will be shutting its doors, resulting in the loss of nearly 900 jobs.
Its owner, Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has announced restructuring plans across Europe, indicating that the Northern Ireland site is to close in 2017.
The company said in a statement, “JTI’s facilities in Lisnafillan (Northern Ireland) and Wervik (Belgium) would cease to operate, with production moving to other facilities, potentially in Poland and Romania. Other tobacco product manufacturing in Trier (Germany) would also be relocated, with the exception of Ploom2-related production.”
While the company stresses no ‘firm decisions’ have been made yet, workers will enter a 90-day consultation period with JTI with possible redundancies starting in 2016.
The factory has been in the cigarette business for over 150 years, producing various global cigarette brands. However due to tough economic conditions and increases in tax, JTI feels a restructure is needed.
If you are an employee of the business, please listen to the video below as it will tell you your rights as an employee if you’ve been made redundant. There is a link at the end of the video to the Government website which expands further on what you need to know. As part of the consultation process, JTI will be supporting those employees affected.