Organise to defend conditions and jobs at HCL

Paddy Meehan – a former Communication Workers’ Union representative in HCL and the Socialist Party’s candidate for Laganbank and South Belfast in the upcoming elections – has called for the call centre firm’s books to be opened for inspection by workers facing job losses and attacks on their conditions.

“HCL has sent a threatening letter to 1,200 employees, telling them that if they don’t accept inferior pay and conditions they’ll face the sack. Management are pleading poverty, yet the firm was listed in the Belfast Telegraph’s ‘Top 100 Companies’ in 2009, with a pre-tax profit of £1.6 million!”

“The trade union movement should demand that the books of HCL NI and its parent company are immediately opened for inspection by the workforce and elected representatives of the labour movement. Let’s see where the money is going! The CWU should be giving HCL workers every assistance possible to organise to fight these attacks.”

“This is yet another example of the failed economic policies of the Assembly parties. HCL have been handed £5.5 million of public funds through Invest NI, but as soon as the subsidies dry up they want to throw workers on the dole queue. Instead of handouts to big business, we need investment in a public job creation scheme, to provide decent, stable and socially useful jobs.”


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