8 September 2011
Statement by Bishop Lee in response to news of job losses at TalkTalk Call Centre
Bishop William Lee, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, released the following statement in response to the news of 575 job losses at the call centre ‘TalkTalk’ in Waterford city.
“I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the loss of 575 jobs in the call centre ‘Talk Talk’ which is based in our city. This is a severe blow to the employees in Waterford, their families and the regional economy of the Southeast. This sudden and unexpected announcement not only directly affects ‘TalkTalk’ workers but, in addition, it jeopardises ancillary jobs which rely for survival on the pay spend of the workers.
“During these difficult times I am praying for everybody and especially for those whose livelihoods are directly affected by this decision.
“I am asking that special prayers be said at Masses throughout Waterford and Lismore diocese this weekend for the intentions of the employees and their families.
“I wish to add my voice to the calls already expressed to secure alternative employment for the workforce as soon as possible.
“It would be difficult to overstate the depth of the impact of the loss of a major source of employment like ‘TalkTalk’ on Waterford city and its surrounds.”
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