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Tuesday 14th February 2012 | 15:32
Sian Jones, CWU
CWU shocked at HCL job losses in N Ireland
Communication Workers Union responds with shock and sadness at today's announcement by call centre group HCL that it is closing its Armagh site and cutting 255 jobs in Northern Ireland. The outsourcing company has another site in Belfast which is also expected to suffer job losses.
CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said: "This is devastating news for HCL staff and their families in Northern Ireland. Armagh is a smallcommunity and the closure of this call centre will be a big hit for the local economy. Unemployment is rising and finding alternative work will be a major challenge for these workers.
"We want HCL to show responsibility towards its employees and do everything possible to find alternative work for these call centre staff in Northern Ireland. As an outsource company we would expect it to be actively searching for new contracts to keep people in work locally.
"We will be doing everything possible to help our members through this very difficult time and urge HCL to take a voluntary approach to initial redundancy procedures."
CWU has members in both the Armagh and Belfast centres. HCL was criticised by politicians in 2006 for de-recognising the CWU.