SIPTU representatives will engage in a process of consultation with the management of C&C Group aimed at protecting as many of its members’ jobs as possible following the announcement that the company intends to close its water bottling facility in Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary. The closure could result in the loss of up to 144 jobs. SIPTU Organiser, Terry Bryan, said: “Our members are in shock after management called workers into a meeting today at 2.00 p.m. in Borrisoleigh to tell them that the plant is to close. The aim for SIPTU representatives will be to prevent as many job losses as possible. “The information concerning the plant’s closure was initially leaked to the media and our members are now struggling to come to terms with this horrendous news at the start of the new year.” He added: “The SIPTU workplace committee in Borrisoleigh will be engaging with senior management as soon as possible to establish what options are open to our members.”