Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Of Household Goods
46.46 - Wholesale of pharmaceutical goods

140 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 November 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Pharmaceutical group Uniphar has announced 140 redundancies across Ireland, and it is also seeking 7% pay cuts for all non-managerial staff. A Uniphar statement on the pay cuts and redundancies said the company had undertaken a strategic review of the business under deteriorating market conditions. It added: 'The fundamental issue for the company is that revenues are being eroded due to a combination of adverse actions by the HSE, a substantial increase in parallel imports across all market segments in which the company operates, and the general downturn in the Irish economy.'

The company has said that it will 'enter a period of consultation and planning before implementation of the cost cutting programme to ensure fairness and equity as far as possible'. About 45 of the jobs are to be lost in the company's Limerick pharmaceutical depot, due to the end of an evening shift there, because of the partial automation of order picking. The company's other wholesale distribution bases are at Citiwest near Dublin, Cork and Sligo.


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Eurofound (2009), Uniphar, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 69863, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69863.