UPC Ireland has announced a restructuring programme that is likely to result in the redundancy of 170 people.

The Liberty Global company said the realignment of business operations would reduce costs and create additional efficiencies. It’s hoped redundancies will be achieved on a voluntary basis by the summer of 2015.

Magnus Ternsjö, CEO of UPC said: “We have announced a restructuring programme involving a certain number of our business operations. This follows an internal review of existing and future business requirements. Making these decisions to change is difficult, but necessary”.

It is expected the redundancies will come from customer care, sales and field operations in in Limerick and Dublin. There are also plans to drop outsource partners in favour of third party suppliers within the Liberty Global group.

Some operations will be relocated to the Philippines.

Representatives from SIPTU (Services Industrial and Technical Union) were meeting with UPC management on Friday.

The union said it would seek the best outcome for its estimated 100 members effected.

Earlier this week, sister company Virgin Media said it had promoted 107 apprentices in its UK operations.