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Saturday 21 September 2019

Apple cancels contracts of hundreds workers in Cork – report

Stock photo: Reuters
Stock photo: Reuters
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Technology giant Apple has put on hold contacts impacting more than 300 workers in Cork, according to former employees at the company.

The staff impacted had been hired to check Siri recordings for errors.

According to reports in the UK Guardian, the staff were let go after Apple said it was suspending the programme earlier this month.

Employees had been on paid leave since August 2, the day the company announced it had decided to suspend the programme.

The staff, known as “graders” had been employed through contacting firms. They were sent home on August 2, with many having been told there was no work available due to “technical errors,” according to the Guardian.

However, the paper reports that last week the contracting firms were told by Apple that the grading work would be terminated, resulting in the job losses.

Apple employs around 6,000 in Ireland, based primarily in Cork’s Hollyhill campus where it has invested more than €220m.

Independent.ie has contacted the company for comment.

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