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Sinn Féin call for clarification over situation at HCL

17 August, 2006

Sinn Féin Employment and Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson MLA has called on management at HCL to make a statement on its future intentions after talking with Trade Union representatives from the CWU.

Mr Ferguson said:

"Indian operator HCL took over operations from BT in Belfast a number of years ago. This was support by significant money from Invest NI along with a commitment to deliver at staffing level of 1200.

"In discussions with CWU representatives it is now clear that there is a great deal of uncertainty. It is also clear that HCL has fallen well short of the promised employment levels despite significant public money.

"I am very concerned at reports that HCL are also trying to undermine the rights of workers at the site, particularly in relation to the right to organise and effective Trade Union representation.

"There is a responsibility of HCL to bring forward a statement on their future intentions. I will also be seeking meetings with Invest NI to ensure that public money has been appropriately spent in this case." ENDS

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