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Sad day for Waterford as Talk Talk closes – Cullinane

7 October, 2011

Speaking today Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has said the final closure of Talk Talk in Waterford represents a sad day for the workers, their families and the wider community. He said the disgraceful way the workers were treated by the company will leave a sour taste in people’s mouths for many years to come.

Speaking from Dublin as Sinn Féin moved a bill to strengthen worker’s rights in the Dáil Senator Cullinane said;

“The final closure of the Talk Talk centre in Waterford is a very sad day for the workers and families. I am gutted at the way the workers were disgracefully treated. The management of the company should hang their heads in shame. However this situation has shown up the urgent need to enhance employment rights protections for workers.

“Last week I tabled an amendment to a Seanad motion to lengthen the notice time companies must give to employees from 30 days to 90 days. I also proposed that the government deliver on its promise to legislate for collective bargaining and trade union recognition. The amendments were defeated and again call into question the government’s commitment to employment rights.

“The focus now must be to assist those who lost their jobs in the time ahead. The government must deliver on their election promises to save and create jobs. Fine Gael and Labour must stop the madness of pouring money into banks while devastating families with cuts and charges. They must use taxpayers’ money to invest in jobs, infrastructure and the domestic economy. We need to do more to support those 575 people in Talk Talk who lost their jobs and the 460,000 people across the state out of work.”

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