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Eircom privatisation is the cause of job losses

13 May, 2009

Reacting to the announcement of 1,200 job cuts at Eircom, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Employment and Workers Rights, Arthur Morgan TD has pointed to the privatisation of Eircom as a cause of job losses and the country's inadequate broadband infrastructure. He called for Eircom to be re-nationalised rather than handed over to another self interested multi-national.

Deputy Morgan said, "The announcement of 1,200 redundancies at Eircom is yet another example of the disastrous privatisation of the state’s telecommunications network.

"Privatisation of Eircom has been disastrous: the quality of our broadband infrastructure is below the EU average while vast parts of the country remain without a broadband connection whatsoever.

"The Irish economy and workers are suffering because Eircom is controlled by a self-serving board of management.

"Eircom should be nationalised rather than handed over to another self-interested multi-national." ENDS

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