30/03/2012

Kirk Demands Answers On Relocation Of Dundalk Workers

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth, Seámus Kirk, has demanded that the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, meet with management of Vodafone Ireland immediately to allay the fears of 317 staff who are due to be relocated.

Deputy Kirk raised the issue in the Dáil yesterday and spoke of the difficulties many workers will face in relocation.

He said: "There are 317 people working at the Dundalk Vodafone mobile call centre, between direct Vodafone workers and Rigney Dolphin, who are contractors to Vodafone. We are told that after a review by Vodafone of their mobile call centre operations, they will now transfer to another provider, Teleperformance.

"While Vodafone said there would be no change in the terms and conditions of those currently employed and no jobs would be lost, staff in Dundalk have been told they will have to move to Newry or Dublin.

"The problems associated with people, many with families, of having to move were obviously not taken into consideration by Vodafone. Workers have been told that most of the jobs will most likely transfer to Newry, where the wages will immediately be reduced. The Communication Workers’ Union have said that redundancies will arise out of the difficulties for people in having to transfer.

"I know of one worker that has been employed in the mobile call centre for ten years. He is due to get married soon and he can’t afford to drive 100 miles a day to work in Dublin. These are the types of dilemmas facing people and Minister Bruton needs to meet with management of Vodafone and both service providers immediately. He needs to put forward employees’ concerns and seek a way in which the transfer of services could be smoother with these concerns taken into consideration."

(CD)

Related Northern Ireland Recruitment News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

02 February 2006
Vodafone Ireland Wins Tender To Host Centre Of Excellence
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin has welcomed the launch of the new Dublin-based Vodafone Centre of Excellence. The new centre has been specifically designed to increase product innovation within Vodafone Group.
30 May 2006
€30m Set Aside For Education Technology Transfer
Ireland's Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin has announced the provision of a new €30m fund designed to build a stronger and more professional Technology Transfer function within Higher Education Institutions in Ireland.
03 December 2012
Deloitte Transfer To Totalis People Ltd Securing Jobs
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today announced that working with the First4Skills Administrator, Deloitte, the Department's ApprenticeshipsNI contract has been successfully transferred to Totalis People Limited, ensuring continuity of training and safeguarding jobs.
04 December 2007
11-plus Scrapped
The traditional 11-plus transfer test will no longer be taking place, replaced instead by a new concept of transfer to secondary education at age 14. Testing of Northern Ireland's P7 children will be scrapped from next year, the Assembly Education Minister has said.
06 January 2014
Call For 'Newry On Ice' Workers To Be Paid Immediately
Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley has pledged to do all he can to help employees of 'Newry on Ice – A Winter Wonderland’ get the wages they are owed. The assemblyman expressed his anger the company responsible for what was described as a 'Christmas extravaganza' has reportedly not paid some of the employees after the end of the event.