Apple Computer is reportedly going to cut 500 jobs at its Cork, Ireland facility, moving production of the iMac computer to other locations such as Wales.
According to several days worth of stories in the Irish Times, the announcement will come later today, and although Apple isn't commenting, Irish Government officials have confirmed the news. Apple is reportedly also announcing a company-wide restructuring plan.
The news reportedly has caused outrage among politicians and Government officials in Ireland, not only because of the job losses, but due to Apple's apparent failure to keep its workers informed of the cuts. Senior ministers have made public calls for Apple to tell its workers what the company's global restructuring plans are likely to mean for the Cork workers, according to an article in the Irish Times.
Four hundred temporary jobs and 100 permanent jobs in the plant will go, according to Government officials quoted by the newspaper report.
Cork will retain its position as Apple's European headquarters, the officials said. The plant employs a total of 1400 staff, but earlier reports of all of those jobs being lost appear to have been an exaggeration, according to more recent news reports in the Irish Times. The Cork plant will continue to produce the G3 Power Macintosh portable computer and other Mac products, according to the report.
While rumours of production being moved to Wales have surfaced, so have reports that iMac production will be outsourced to Korea's LG Group, which has plants in Mexico.