SIPTU representatives will enter into discussions with management at UPC Ireland following the telecommunications company’s announcement that it is to implement 170 redundancies at five facilities as part of a restructuring plan. SIPTU Organiser, Dennis Hynes, said: “It is with deep regret that our members at UPC Ireland were informed of the company’s plans to implement such a large number of redundancies. Management has stated that the redundancies are unavoidable due to the company’s decision to implement a restructuring plan which will see some operations relocated to the Philippines and others amalgamated. Out of the approximately 170 job losses over 100 relate to our members." He added: “SIPTU representatives will meet with management tomorrow morning (Friday, 20th February) in Limerick to begin discussions. These discussions will continue, if necessary, throughout the statutory 30 days consultative period before any redundancies can be implemented. There will be substantial job losses at the UPC Ireland facilities in Limerick and Dublin, with a lesser number of redundancies at its operations in Galway, Cork and Waterford. The impact of these redundancies will be severe on workers and their families as well as the communities in which the workplaces are based.  “Over the coming days the focus for SIPTU representatives will be on minimalising the final number of redundancies and ensuring the best terms are secured for the workers who will lose their jobs.”