Bitter pill as pharmaceuticals company lays off staff


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

MORE than 50 staff have lost their jobs at a pharmaceuticals company, according to a company source.

Euticals Ltd is understood to have told employees at its Sandycroft site it is no longer in a position to pay workers.

It is understood 52 people have been told their employment has been terminated.

Timothy Dowd, HR manager and former site director at the Deeside plant, wrote to employees telling them the bad news.

It stated: “The company is no longer in a position to make payment to you for services rendered by you.

“As a result, your contract of employment with the company will terminate on 15 July 2013.”

One worker showed his termination letter to the Leader.

It states that claims not paid in full by the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will remain as claims against the company.

The letter said: “In the event that funds become available following insolvency... the liquidator will write to you to agree the figures.”

The former site supervisor, – who wished to remain anonymous – said one colleague had worked there for 38 years and it was very sad that the team had been disbanded.

“They’re the best work staff,” he said.

“If I were to go to war, I’d have all of them behind me.

“It’s the staff that have lost their jobs and you’ll never ever replace them.”

Another employee who called the Leader said staff initially learned they would be out of a job when they found a piece of paper on a printer.

“We approached the bosses and it was then announced the company was going into liquidation,” he said.

“We are not at all happy that 52 people will losing their jobs.

“People are very annoyed and blaming it on the management of the company."

Italian firm Euticals took over the pharmaceuticals plant from Archimica in 2011.

Established more than 70 years ago, the Deeside factory manufactured bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

When contacted by the Leader, staff at the Sandycroft factory did not make a comment.

Euticals hit the headlines in November after a chemical spillage at the Prince William Avenue site.

Chemicals were still being removed as recently as last month.

The removal and treatment process was being carried out by specialist contractors, who have been closely monitored by the statutory agencies including Flintshire Council, the Health and Safety Executive and emergency services.

Flintshire Council said no disruption had been caused to the local community and neighbouring businesses during this programme of supervised work, and that the risks on site had been significantly reduced. 

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