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SF TD joins Vodafone protest in Dublin

8 June, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe today joined Vodafone workers outside a store in Grafton Street who were protesting at the company’s decision to sack over 130 workers and move the jobs to India and Egypt.

Deputy Crowe, who welcomed next week’s adjournment debate secured by his party colleague, Gerry Adams, TD, urged the government to take decisive action to ensure that as many of these jobs as possible are protected and to ensure than anyone made redundant by Vodafone receive their redundancy entitlements.

Deputy Crowe said:

“The decision by Vodafone to cut its workforce by 130 comes at a time when 443,400 citizens are unemployed will come as a massive blow. Vodafone clearly have no loyalty to the people of this State despite the public funds and tax exemptions the company has received over the past number of years.

“Since its arrival in Ireland, Vodafone’s profits have reached €2.2 billion and last year alone they made a profit of €120m. Their policy therefore, seems predicated on using public funding to make huge profits then dump the workforce who made it all possible in the first place.

“This is the unacceptable face of globalisation and the government must review this type of operation.

“Today, my party colleagues and I joined with Vodafone workers protesting at these cuts. The government must act on this issue immediately.”

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