Intel to remove up to 300 jobs in Ireland

Intel to remove up to 300 jobs in Ireland

Summary: Intel is going to cut its workforce in Ireland by between 200 and 300 jobs despite assuring workers there that their jobs were safe.The company confirmed to the Press Association on Wednesday that it was intending to make the cuts despite the fact that it had earlier said that no more redundancies were planned.

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Intel is going to cut its workforce in Ireland by between 200 and 300 jobs despite assuring workers there that their jobs were safe.

The company confirmed to the Press Association on Wednesday that it was intending to make the cuts despite the fact that it had earlier said that no more redundancies were planned.

The company announced in January that it would closea number of factories around the world, reducing its workforce to 5,000.

At that time, Intel chairman Craig Barrett said that there was no immediate threat to jobs in Ireland. Intel could not be immediately reached for comment.

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  • Intel to remove up to 300 jobs in Ireland

    Dear Colin,
    I write to inform you of the impending redundancies recently announced this month by Tata Consultancy Services following the controversial outsourcing and transfer under TUPE of Legal and General IT staff last year to TCS.

    A familar story in the current economic conditions one might say.

    However, the announcement of over 140 job losses specifically amongst former Legal and General staff, ONE DAY after the end of their one year protection under their TUPE agreement does seem suspicious if not particularly bad timing.

    The original outsourcing arrangements followed the trend of leveraging the cost savings to be made by using Indian companies and transferring existing staff. Certain development functions were immediately transferred to Indian Nationals seconded to the UK from India, forcing a significant number of former Legal and General staff to leave the company or try and move on to other TCS functions on the Legal and General contract or other TATA contracts, despite the significant loss of benefits and the curious policy of TCS not providing or assisting with employee training and reassignment.

    It was also envisaged that some functions would be literally offshored and taken up by TATA employees in India.

    Assistance with internal transfers onto other contracts has not been forthcoming and morale took a particular downturn at the announcement of redundancies.

    However, the news quickly followed that TATA now intends to replace the 140 jobs in the UK currently held by their UK staff with 140 jobs in the UK filled by their staff from India with the ratio of 9 members of Indian staff to 1 member of UK staff, who will be based in the UK.

    The consultation process has been fraught with miscommunication, conflicting information and a certain propensity to include virtually every part-time employee returning from maternity leave in the redundancy pool.

    Although limited in their participation and assistance in the redundancy consultations, the local UNITE representative has cited the union's view that they are concerned that according to" British work permit rules, if local recruitment cannot be done because of paucity of skills for the specific job than companies have to advertise for that job in Europe before an employer can transfer any person from India".

    This directly quotes a statement published in an article published on the domain-b website last year.

    http://www.domain-b.com/infotech/itnews/20080922_british_%20trade.html

    "Unite criticised the "intra company transfers" which allow employees based abroad to be transferred to a UK office which is widely used by Indian companies thereby abusing the UK work permit system." was also quoted from the same article.

    The sites affected include Redhill,Horley and Hove.

    The redundancies represent a significant blow to IT development activities in the UK Pensions, Life Insurance,pensions, annuities, medical insurance, savings and investments sectors.

    It also represents a sad end to some staff's 15-30 year careers working directly for Legal and General and on the Legal and General contract for TCS following the transfer last year.

    Please feel free to contact me for further clarification at this e-mail address

    I wish to withhold my name and contact number for now to maintain my anonymity but am willing to go on record if required.
    tfg9308
  • Intel to remove up to 300 jobs in Ireland

    something similar is happening at TCS dublin, appearantly.
    I can't find any official notice anywhere.
    Can you leave an email address so I can contact you?

    Thanks.
    dozo-27240
  • Intel to remove up to 300 jobs in Ireland

    tfg9308@googlemail.com
    Apologies, but we've been busy trying to get some legal advice. The final announcement on individuals has now been moved to the end of March, yet some of my colleagues have already been told that they are being made redundant.
    I've also posted details on the new wave of Legal and General redundancies ~ 450 jobs.
    tfg9308