15 February – Statement by Cardinal Seán Brady in response to news of 425 HCL BPO jobs under threat in Armagh and Belfast

STATEMENT BY CARDINAL SEÁN BRADY
IN RESPONSE TO THE NEWS OF
425 HCL BPO JOBS UNDER THREAT
IN ARMAGH AND BELFAST

“I am deeply concerned at the news that up to 425 jobs are threatened at two calls centres in Belfast and Armagh, where 170 people are employed.  This will be a serious blow to the employees in Armagh and Belfast, their families and to the local economy.  This announcement will not only affect HCL BPO employees but, in addition, it jeopardises ancillary jobs which rely on the pay spend of the workers.

“I welcome the news that HCL BPO has given a commitment to ‘engage with each employee affected to look at ways we can assist them gain alternative employment within and outside HCL BPO’.  It is essential that alternative employment be secured for the affected workforce as soon as possible. “

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