Employees at DHL’s Waterford operation on the Six Cross Roads are awaiting news on their future, following the announcement this week that 7 of the company’s depots across the country were to close as part of cost-cutting measures.

Following a meeting with SIPTU officials, company management later promised to examine the proposed closures on a ‘depot by depot’ basis and it is not yet clear whether the Waterford base will be saved. Over 20 people are employed by the global delivery firm at the Carriganard Industrial Estate.

Last week, the multinational firm, which employs 1,600 staff in Ireland in four separate divisions, announced major cuts in its domestic delivery facility at DHL Express. While it intends to maintain its international delivery operation, it warned that up to 105 jobs would go by this August when the company closes seven regionals depots in Waterford, Galway, Sligo, Cavan, Athlone, Enniscorthy and Tralee. A further 200 redundancies would be achieved through a restructuring plan at its remaining centres.

DHL has promised to provide more detailed information on the proposed cutbacks later this week.