Saturday 23 November 2019

Talk Talk won't budge on staff redundancy offers

Anne-Marie Walsh, Breda Heffernan and Ciaran Murphy

TALK TALK is refusing to budge on a redundancy package for 575 staff that is almost half what was offered in a voluntary scheme last year.

Employee representatives at the call-centre firm had been pushing for seven weeks pay per year of service -- the amount offered to 50 employees as part of a package last year.

However, the company has insisted that its final offer will be just four-and-a-half weeks per year of service, including statutory redundancy.

Those with less than two years' service had previously been offered a three-week flat rate. But they will now get the same terms as other workers.

All staff will get a €1,600 ex-gratia payment while team leaders will get another €500.

The company, which came in for criticism for announcing it was pulling out of Waterford with just 30 days' notice, said it would pay staff their notice periods in lieu of actual notice.

There are no union members at the firm but representatives are being advised by UNITE.

Employee representative Tom Phelan said staff handling the negotiations had told management they were disappointed, but it was now up to workers to decide if they would accept the offer or not.

Meanwhile, Talk Talk has come under fire from Labour MEP Phil Prendergast who accused the company of trying to "gag" her.

A row erupted after she claimed the company may not have followed legal procedures in consulting and serving notice on the workers.

However, the company has written to her requesting that she retract her "negligent misstatement".

Ms Prendergast said yesterday that, through its letter, Talk Talk had exposed itself as a "corporate bully hostile to democracy".

Irish Independent

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