Thursday, 7 April 2022
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
58. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the specific actions taken by his Department to address the job losses in Baldoyle since the meeting that took place between him and local representatives on 1 July 2021. [18634/22]
In May 2021, Teva announced that Tosara Pharma located in Baldoyle would cease manufacturing at the end of 2022 with the loss of 130 jobs. Tosara Pharma has been manufacturing Sudocrem at a 33,000 sq.ft manufacturing plant, since 1984. The site activities include manufacturing, packaging, quality, and shipping of Sudocrem to global markets. Tosara Pharma manufactures a high-volume, low-margin product and the company was of the view that the site which was dated was no longer competitive from a cost perspective. In addition, the company was unable to expand to meet increased product demand due to its site being landlocked .
Tosara has informed IDA Ireland that the redundancy package being offered to its staff is attractive and above statutory levels. The package has been discussed with all staff with terms of the redundancy being part of negotiations over the past number of months.
In addressing the job losses, the IDA has confirmed to my Department that:
- The Agency has engaged with the company and outlined the process for engaging with Solas, which has conducted training for staff in which they had a 70% uptake. In July 2022 the company will roll out outplacement services providing support for employees for interviews and CV writing etc.
- It will market the facility owned by Tosara for appropriate investment across its network once the marketing material is completed and released by the company’s agents.
- There is a very strong existing base of FDI companies in Dublin representing all of the sectors including the Lifesciences sector in which Tosara operates and the belief is that the recruitment market is buoyant with many multinationals recruiting to fill vacant roles.
- The IDA will continue to win new investments for Dublin and believe that employees from Tosara who are seeking employment will find alternative roles.