SIPTU representatives are seeking an immediate meeting with the management of Roche Holding AG to discuss the threatened job losses at the company’s plant in Clarecastle, County Clare. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Alan O’Leary, said: “The announcement today by the management of Roche Holding AG that it intends to sell its Clarecastle production plant as part of a global restructuring of the company came as a complete shock to our members. “The company is a very important employer in the area and this announcement is of massive concern to all in the local community. The jobs at the plant are high quality and well paid. Union representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the company to discuss how these jobs can be saved.” He added: “It is still unclear when Roche Holding AG intends to withdraw from the plant. We will immediately start working for a reversal of its decision or, if necessary, work with government agencies to seek an appropriate buyer for the plant who will maintain it as a going concern.” Approximately 100 SIPTU members are employed at the plant in process operations and laboratory technician roles. The plant in total employs over 230 people and has been in operation since 1974.