UPDATED | 11 AM EDT: 160 To Be Let Go.
At just about this moment (mid-day, in Ireland), in West County Cork, New Merck executives are convening an all workers' assembly. They are telling the rank-and-file legacy Schering-Plough workers -- many of whom have worked for Merck's predecessor here for nearly 20 years -- whether the Brinny, West Cork, Ireland facility will remain open -- and whether some of them will be declared "redundant". Here's a bit from a local Irish press report (whose logo is featured, at right):
. . . .Workers at a pharmaceutical plant in West Cork have been called to a meeting later today at which plans for the future of the plant are expected to be revealed.
It is understood that management at Schering-Plough, near Innishannon, will be seeking a number of redundancies. However, a commitment on the future of the plant is also expected to be made.
Schering-Plough has had a manufacturing plant at Brinny near Innishannon in West Cork for over 20 years and it has been one of the most successful multi-nationals operating in this country. . . .
Say a prayer for our cousins, will ya'?