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750 Eir job cuts “a direct result of company’s privatisation” – Maurice Quinlivan TD

12 April, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Jobs, Maurice Quinlivan TD, has described the loss of 750 jobs at Telecoms Company Eir as a “major blow” to the sector. 

The Limerick City TD said:

“This is very difficult news for the many staff and families affected by this announcement.

“The scale of the jobs losses in today’s announcement by Eir is shocking. The privatisation of Eir by the Fianna Fáil/Green government was a disgrace and I have no doubt that today’s news is a direct result of that.

“A 2011 report by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions states that: ‘The privatisation of Eircom in 1999 must rank as the biggest single economic mistake made by an Irish Government - until the disastrous blanket bank guarantee of September, 2008’.

 “The policies of successive governments have created a situation where we don’t have broadband in rural Ireland, and it is up to the state to make sure that every part of the island has access to broadband. We cannot rely on the private sector to do this – they are only interested in chasing profit, and Fine Gael cannot be trusted with this issue.

“Those people who have been made redundant must be given access to proper education and training courses to help them to find alternative employment. It will be a very stressful time for them and their families as many will struggle to pay mortgages and their daily bills.

“Questions must be asked about what has happened in the period between Eir pulling the plug on the National Broadband Plan and now.

 “Today’s announcement by Eir is yet another consequence of privatization.

 “Since 1999, there have been nine different private takeover of Eir, and each time we have witnessed the asset stripping of Ireland largest telecommunications operator.

“This is yet another cost-cutting measure by shareholders at the expense of workers, their families and Irish communities. 

“Both the Communication Workers Union and Fórsa Union have called for immediate talks to begin with Eir – and Sinn Féin is calling for those discussions to commence as soon as possible.”

“I will be raising this issue in the Dáil chamber at the earliest opportunity.”

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