An IT company in Cork is asked a number of its workers to relocate to a facility in the UK after the loss of a customer services contract..
Siemens IT Solutions (SIS) has said it can no longer employ 24 of its workers at its Blackrock call centre in Cork because it has lost its contract with UK-based firm Yell.
Yell will provide its own customer support services from May 2. It is understood that the jobs of the workers will transfer to the Yell facility as part of the agreement between the companies.
The Communications Workers' Union said employees were being told to turn up for work at Yell's facilities in Reading at the start of May.
Spokesperson Ian McArdle said it was unacceptable to expect the workers in Cork to "up-sticks with a few weeks' notice".
"I think it's fair to say that transferring from Cork to Reading is not a practical option for these people," he said.
"They have families, they have mortgages…We're somewhat shocked that Siemens would take this hardline approach."
In a statement issued last night, SIS said it always acts responsibly in dealing with its employees and was consulting with affected staff.