Internal restructuring
Southern and Eastern; South-East (IRL);
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Basic Pharmaceutical Products And Pharmaceutical Preparations
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations

103 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 January 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 April 2004


Voluntary severance terms of 2.5 weeks (pys), plus statutory, have been agreed between the union (SIPTU) and management at Sola Lenses, for 103 workers.

Initially, only 60 voluntary redundancies were sought at the Sola Lenses factory in Wexford, but, in the event, there was a significant over-subscription with 103 workers applying for the terms, which amount to 4.5 weeks per year of service in total. Management decided that all 103 volunteers would be accommodated and released within the next three months.

The company, which manufactures ophthalmic spectacle lenses, is to transfer manufacturing facilities to sister operations in Venezuela, Mexico and China, which have lower labour costs.


  • 22 January 2004: Industrial relations news


Eurofound (2004), Sola Lenses, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 60207, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60207.