GALWAY BASED FIRM OMAC Laboratories confirmed today that around 45 temporary workers will lose their jobs.
The company, located in Loughrea, analyses metals, minerals and solid fuels that are shipped from Europe, Africa and Asia mining and exploration sites.
A spokesperson for the company said “roughly 45 temporary contract employees” were being let go as the company moves into a low season.
“We had a huge peak in the last twelve months and so we took on extra staff on temporary contracts,” the spokesperson said.
The majority of OMAC’s work is in Africa and as it is the low season there in this area of industry, the spokesperson said the company no longer needs the surplus staff. Temporary contract workers in the company are generally given a week to two week’s notice, the spokesperson said.
In the middle of next year, OMAC has plans to move into a new building in the IDA estate in Loughrea which will act as the company’s European hub. The spokesperson said the company hopes to be able to start hiring again next year when the ‘European hub’ is open but could not make any commitments on this.