SIPTU representatives will conduct a series of meetings with the management of cosmetic manufacturer, Yves Rocher, to consider the implementation of measures aimed at saving as many jobs as possible at the company’s plant in Kilbarry, Cork City. SIPTU Organiser, Paul Depuis, said: “The announcement late last week that the company intends to cut its workforce at the plant by 50% came as a major blow to our members, their families and the local community on the Northside of Cork. This move would result in over 50 job losses and follows a major restructuring process at the company which was only completed last year.” He added: “The company has stated that it intends to move two production lines from the Kilbarry plant to Rheux in Brittany. The company also cited the cost of shipping products from Ireland as another reason for its decision to scale back operations at the plant. “SIPTU representatives have met with the company to explore whether measures could be implemented to preserve as many of the jobs as possible. Further meetings are to be held in the coming weeks with the company in order to discuss these possible measures and others aimed at ensuring the viability of the plant into the future.”