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30 call-centre workers miss out on redundancy payouts as firm goes into liquidation

Greg Harkin

Published 14/11/2012 | 11:02

THIRTY workers who lost their jobs at a call centre have been told they won’t be paid redundancy because it has gone into liquidation.

Administrators KPMG told staff at the Buncrana-based Assetco Managed Services last night their positions providing support services to the London Fire Brigade have been done away with.

London Fire Brigade failed to renew a major contract for parent company Assetco London Ltd leading to the closure of the business and its Irish subsidiary.

Shell-shocked workers at the company, based at the IDA Business Park in the Co Donegal town since 2006, were told the news yesterday evening.

The workers have also been told that they will not receive redundancy packages because the company has gone into liquidation.

Most of the London-based employees will be taken on by the company who won the new contract, Babcock.

However, the Irish subsidiary is to close with the loss of all 30 positions.

KPMG, who are acting on behalf on London banks, broke the news to staff.

Angry workers say they are outraged at how they have been treated.

A spokesman for the Donegal call-centre staff said they are considering their positions and are even thinking of staging a sit-in at the plant.

“We have been very loyal to Assetco London and this is how we have been rewarded,” he said.

“We would like London Fire Brigade to know this and to know how we are being treated.

“There are 30 families being thrown on the scrapheap just before Christmas it’s just not on,” added a spokesman.

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