Guinness plans to reduce the workforce by eleven hundred at the St James's Gate brewery in Dublin.
Eleven hundred jobs, almost half the present workforce at the Guinness plant will go over the next five years. While workers are being laid off, the company is injecting £11 million into plant and equipment. Guinness say that they are losing ground on both domestic and export markets as result of costs, price squeezing and high taxes on alcohol, making them less competitive than competitors.
The FWI is meeting to hammer out a deal for its members. The General Secretary of FWI Paddy Cardiff says that it is the policy of the union not to accept any involuntary redundancies but they are prepared to negotiate in order to protect jobs.
We will discuss, negotiate and agree.
An RTÉ News reports on 16 July 1981. The reporter is Liam Cahill.