Wednesday, 1st August 2012
European Commission €2.7 million proposal for TalkTalk workers
Labour MEP for Munster, Phil Prendergast, today welcomed the announcement from the Commission that it would be proposing to the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers that 2.7 million euro from the European Globalization Adjustment Fund be used to help 592 workers from the TalkTalk facility in Waterford.
Ms. Prendergast said: "I welcome this announcement from the Commission today that EGF funding will be extended to the TalkTalk workers in Waterford. These workers have travelled a long road in preparing this application, and I think that it is absolutely right and appropriate that they get credit for all of their hard work.
"Waterford, and the South East in general, has suffered more than most places in terms of job losses and closures, and I think this money will go a long way towards helping these workers. The Commission itself has highlighted this problem and emphasised in its statement how both the industrial and multinational sectors in Waterford city are comparatively small, despite the well-educated and highly skilled local workforce.
"I have engaged with the TalkTalk Waterford Redundant Workers' Association right from the start, having had tens of meetings with them, and have worked tirelessly in Brussels to help further this application. I would like to commend the Association and, in particular, their chairperson, Thomas Phelan, for all their hard work bringing the application to this point.
"We now need to analyse the Commission proposal in great detail, and make sure that the money is fully utilised to the benefit of the workers, who have been so poorly treated by TalkTalk. It has been a long road travelled since that frightful day when these men and women and their families were plunged into uncertainty at the hands of this company, and I hope that this will provide much needed prospects for their future.
"We must ensure that the training which will be provided to the 592 highly skilled workers will help them regain access to the labour market and begin a process of recovery for Waterford and the South East in general. This is much-needed good news for Waterford"
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