HI Life Tools in Shannon is set to shed 12 jobs, around 10% of its full complement of staff.
It is understood that those leaving had been on temporary contracts but some of them have been there for in the region of 18 months and some had come back to work having been let go previously.
One worker told The Clare Champion that there was surprise that people are being let go. “We were told early on Monday morning, there wasn’t really any warning so it was a bit of a shock to the system. There had been a downturn for the last month or so but we didn’t think that the threat of being let go was there.”
He said he had hoped there might be a chance of being made permanent in the coming years. He also said Hi Life has been a good company to work for but it is currently under significant pressure.
SPS has been in Shannon for the last 52 years and in 1985, they established Hi Life Tools locally. Councillor Sean McLoughlin said he was disappointed to hear of the jobs going. “SPS is one of the oldest companies in Shannon and they are good employers. Hopefully, things will improve and they’ll be able to take on people again,” he added.