Monday 20 February 2017

Staff informed of job losses and company closure by text message

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 09/01/2016 | 15:04

The staff at 'Get Connected', a company located in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork spoke of their devastation at the job losses last night
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The staff at 'Get Connected', a company located in Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork spoke of their devastation at the job losses last night (stock image)

Employees of a telecommunications company have expressed their shock after they were informed of their unemployment by text message.

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The staff at 'Get Connected', a company located in Carrigtwohill, Cork spoke of their devastation last night.

The Irish Examiner reports that the 15 former employees say they are collectively due up to €30,000 in unpaid wages and holiday entitlements.

Staff said the business has been quiet in recent months and there have been problems with the payment of wages since November 2015.

Employees were angry at how owner Peter Michael Barnes had handled the closure of the business.

Jen Collins who has worked for the company since 2012 said she received a text from Mr Barnes saying that he was closing the business.

She said he referred to “revenue issues”, apologised, and said he would pay the wages when “I get back on my feet”.

Ms Collins then had to relay the news to her colleagues who were utterly shocked.

Get Connected worked to analyse a company's phone, mobile, and broadband use and devised an optimum plan for the individual business.

Independent.ie attempted to contact Peter Michael Barnes for comment but none was forthcoming.

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