TRANSITIONS OPTICAL IN Tuam have confirmed that they could be looking for up to 60 redundancies.The firm employs 170 people.Employees were informed this morning that the company needs to “considerably reduce manufacturing volumes in Tuam”.Plant Director Kevin Minton said, “We have looked at this every way we can and we have little option.” Manufacturing volume will be moved to Asia to look after our clients there, while the remaining manufacturing done here will be for our European customers.“The customer support and administration functions will remain here as well”.Employees in operations and some operations support functions were informed that the company are beginning a formal collective redundancy process.The company says that those whose positions are ultimately made redundant will receive a generous severance package, which will include outplacement services.Exact numbers of redundancies cannot be confirmed until a period of consultation has been completed.It’s expected that redundancies will be completed by the end of the year.The firm is a subsidiary of US company Transitions Optical.It mainly manufactures and distributes photochromic plastic lenses and provides sales and other support for fellow companies in Ireland.Read: 400 former IBRC staff will miss out on improved redundancy package>Read: Half of Irish companies forced to sack workers because of late payments>
The cost and benefits of territorial tenure, and factors affecting mating success in male Antarctic fur seals
The timing, location and duration of territorial tenure, and the mating success and return rates of male Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) were measured over four consecutive breeding seasons (1984–87) on Bird Island (54°00’S, 38°02’W), South Georgia. Tenure duration (days) followed a heavily skewed, Poisson-like distribution (median 13.08 days, maximum 75 days) and was positively related to the number of years of tenure (rs= 0.52, P 0.7) or to the level of mating success in the current year (P > 0.15). It was, however, positively related to the duration of tenure in the current year (P < 0.0001). The overall annual return rate was 43% which is not significantly different from the survival rate for the general male population and suggests that territorial tenure does not contribute to increased mortality in male Antarctic fur seals.