SIPTU representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the management of Yves Rocher following its announcement last Thursday (7th December) that it intends to close its plant in the Kilbarry Industrial Estate, Cork city, at the end of 2018. SIPTU Organiser, Paul Depuis, said: “The management of Yves Rocher announced at a meeting of its employees that it intends to cease operations at its Cork plant from the end of next year. “The company advised employees that following an extensive review of its operations, which was prompted by falling global volumes in recent years, it had taken the strategic decision to consolidate its manufacturing operations within its base in the Brittany region of France. As part of this consolidation it intends to close its manufacturing site in Cork at the end of 2018.“The announcement was a major shock to the employees, especially in light of the recent restructuring of the plant’s operations. It is a major blow to the workers and their families in the run up to Christmas. SIPTU representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the company to discuss the implications of its announcement for our members in the Cork plant.”He added: “Yves Rocher established its manufacturing site in the Kilbarry Industrial Estate on the northside of Cork City in 1981 and was a major employer in the area for many years. In recent times, major restructuring has seen the plant’s workforce reduced to its current 60 employees.”