“The contempt displayed by TalkTalk to its almost 600 employees in Waterford city, amny of whom live in South Kilkenny is a wake-up call to all of those who work for some multinationals, showing the sometimes dog-eat-dog mentality of the globalised world to workers,” Deputy Ann Phelan has said.
Deputy Phelan was responding in the immediate aftermath of the dreadful news that the Waterford based call centre; employing a substantial number of county Kilkenny workers; announced it was closing and transferring its business outside Ireland with immediate effect.
She said that the TalkTalk cavalier attitude to Irish people, taken by well paid faceless executives in another land, is disgusting and an unwelcome addition to Ireland’s growing unemployment crisis. “Thankfully, this attitude is not shared by the majority of foreign companies operating here who continue to command our respect for their contribution to quality employment here,” she said.
“After plotting to conceal the use of Waterford workers to train Indian and Philipino workers abroad, this brass necked company used utter contempt by giving our workers just 30 days notice so that they could disappear as quickly as possible – with far-reaching social and financial consequences for those they are leaving behind,” she said.
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