SIPTU has called on Pfizer management to meet with the union over today's announcement that the company plans to roll out voluntary redundancies at its Newbridge facility. The union, which represents almost 700 members at the Co. Kildare site, says the news will be "of huge concern" to the workers, their families and the wider community. SIPTU also said the proposed redundancies formed part of a "worrying trend" of job losses across the Irish economy. SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Greg Ennis, said: "This announcement comes on the back of the recent announcement of the proposed closure of Wyeth Nutritionals in Askeaton, Co. Limerick, and the actual closure of Cartamundi in Waterford on August 31st. "This worrying trend in closures with job losses in the hundreds, in what had been considered very secure and indeed good employment, is something that the Government must focus on immediately with a view to arresting such decline. "The loss of these jobs in Newbridge will have a significant economic effect to the detriment of the wider Kildare area and will be of huge concern to our 700 members and their families at the Newbridge facility. "SIPTU Organiser, Robbie Purfield, said: "SIPTU and its local representatives will be seeking an early meeting with Pfizer management with a view to reducing and, if possible, scrapping the proposed redundancies at the Pfizer facility."