Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams this evening secured an adjournment debate in the Dáil on Vodafone’s decision to sack over 130 workers and move the jobs to India and Egypt.
Mr. Adams called on the government to take urgent and decisive action to ensure that as many of these jobs as possible are protected and to ensure than any workers who do lose their jobs receive their redundancy entitlements.
Mr. Adams said:
“Minister, Vodafone says it intends sacking over 130 workers and moving those jobs to Egypt and India.
“This behaviour comes at a time when 443,400 citizens are unemployed. The highest level this year.
“Vodafone clearly have no loyalty to Irish people.
“No doubt, and the Minister might want to clarify this, they have received public funds and tax exemptions.
“Vodafone’s profits since it came here have been €2.2 billion. €120m last year.
“So, it takes public monies, makes huge profits and then moves on.
“This is the unacceptable face of globalisation.
“And the government must review this type of operation.
“I met with representatives of the Communication Workers Union.
“Their briefing included a minute of a meeting with Vodafone.
“The Union asked regarding the jobs in Rigney Dolphin which supplies employees to Vodafone:
Q What will happen to Rigney Dolphin employees who are losing jobs - will they be redeployed in Vodafone?
Q What will be the terms of redundancy for Rigney Dolphin employees?
A This is nothing to do with Vodafone, it is a matter for Rigney Dolphin
Q Does Vodafone accept that they have a responsibility to Rigney Dolphin employees working in Vodafone?
A Vodafone only has a responsibility to the business contract between Rigney Dolphin and Vodafone
Q The Union requests that Vodafone postpone this decision to enable all parties to engage in discussions with a view to finding alternatives that will save jobs
Q Can Vodafone guarantee the Union that further work/jobs will not be outsourced?
Q What are the cost savings involved in off shoring these jobs?
A Don’t know
“This needs a decisive Government response and it needs it now.
“Minister what is your Government going to do to ensure that as many of these jobs as possible are protected and to ensure than any workers who do lose their jobs receive their redundancy entitlements?”