FEARS are mounting for the jobs of Ireland-based tech workers following Twitter’s big layoffs.
According to US reports, Irish workers at Facebook could face more job cuts starting this week.
That Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook’s parent company, Meta, plans to start mass layoffs as early as Wednesday.
Meta employs 6,000 people in Ireland, half of whom are salaried employees Irish Independent.
It comes after Twitter’s decision to lay off Irish employees following the €45 billion takeover of billionaire Elon Musk.
Up to 3,700 employees worldwide are in the firing line on Twitter as the new boss implements mass job cuts.
The social media giant, which employs 500 people in Dublin and 7,000 around the world, made the big announcement on Friday.
Some employees received emails earlier in the day telling them they were being laid off.
An Irish worker walked onto the platform on Friday morning and said: “Woke up to the sad news I’m not a Tweep anymore.”
Twitter has also temporarily closed its offices as employees were denied access to the buildings.
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According to RTE, Twitter has informed its Ireland-based staff, who are at risk of sacking, that it intends to comply with its legal requirements to notify the Secretary for Enterprise, Trade and Employment of matters related to its plans, its workforce here to dismantle
It comes after it was revealed that Enterprise Minister Leo Varadkar revealed he had yet to receive a mass layoff notice from Twitter.
Musk completed the acquisition of the social networking giant on Oct. 27.
Announcing the closing of the deal, he tweeted, “The bird is free.”
The billionaire has already made several changes at the social networking giant since taking over as CEO.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin said he was concerned about Twitter staff in Ireland and the way they were being notified of job losses at his Dublin office.
Over the weekend, the Taoiseach said: “Basically, what I would say is that no matter who you are or what industry you’re in, you must always treat people with dignity and respect, and the people of Twitter deserve to be treated with.” Respect.
“I read some of the comments from Twitter staff and they enjoyed working with the Twitter they knew.
“They had a good sense of collegiality and enjoyed working there, so dismissal without notice is not acceptable.”
He continued: “That’s not how you run industrial or organized employer-employee relationships.
“In such situations, respect and dignity must prevail.”
Meanwhile, Stripe will also shed 14 percent of its global workforce.
The technology company was founded in 2010 by Irish brothers John and Patrick Collison.
Chief Executive Patrick said in an email to employees that the company had “hired too many employees for the world we’re in.”
He said: “We, the founders, made this decision.
“We have hired too many employees for the world we operate in, and we are pained not to be able to deliver the experience we hoped for from stakeholders at Stripe.”
Stripe had planned to hire hundreds more employees by 2024.
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