Fears for jobs at UPC Ireland’s operation in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Jobs could be lost as part of a restructing plan at UPC Ireland
THERE are fears for job losses at UPC’s call centre at the LEDP in Roxboro after the cable giant announced it is seeking redundancies.

THERE are fears for job losses at UPC’s call centre at the LEDP in Roxboro after the cable giant announced it is seeking redundancies.

UPC Ireland is looking to axe 170 staff from its five facilities in Ireland as part of a restructuring plan which will see some operations relocate to the Philippines.

Some 377 people work at UPC in Limerick, and a spokesperson for the firm said there will be “substantial” job losses at the operation here and in Dublin, with a lesser number in Galway, Cork and Waterford.

Staff at Roxboro were called into a briefing this morning where management outlined the proposals. It is understood while voluntary redundancies will be initially sought, if UPC fail to secure enough numbers, jobs will go on a compulsory, first-in first-out basis.

In a statement, UPC said it is expected the redundancy process will be completed by this summer.

No further redundancies are foreseen, they added.

Magnus Ternsjö, the CEO of UPC added: “Making these decisions to change is difficult, but necessary to ensure the company remains competitive on all fronts, and remains an agile and sustainable business.”

Staff working in customer care, sales and field operations are expected to be the worst affected by the redundancies.

SIPTU officials will be in Limerick tomorrow to begin negotiations.

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