TAOISEACH Micheál Martin took to Twitter about the treatment of Irish employees after it was revealed the tech giant was about to lay off staff in Dublin.
r Martin warned that the way Twitter employees were being treated with summary terminations was “unacceptable”.
But the Taoiseach also warned that commentators would overstate the impact of job losses on Ireland’s critical IT sector, sparking hype about a possible “tech wreck”.
Twitter employs 500 people in Ireland – and many woke up on Friday to find they had been locked out of work servers and offices.
Up to 50 per cent of Ireland’s jobs are feared to be at risk as Twitter – which was bought by Elon Musk last month – makes drastic cuts to its global workforce.
Mr Martin admitted the government was concerned.
“We are concerned and our concern is for the employees of Twitter,” he said.
“It’s changed hands around the world – there seems to be quite an unprecedented approach to a global workforce here, manifesting itself in Ireland.”
“What I would say is that as a general rule, no matter who you are or what industry you work in, you must always treat people with dignity and respect.”
“Twitter employees deserve to be treated with respect.”
“I’ve read some of the comments from the workers – they’ve enjoyed working with them (over the years), the Twitter they’ve known.”
“They had a good camaraderie there. They enjoyed their work experience.”
“Termination without notice or you no longer work (for Twitter) is unacceptable.”
“This is not how we conduct labor relations or organize relations between employers and employees.”
“There has to be respect – there has to be dignity in situations like this.”
Mr Martin also cautioned against using language in relation to sectors of the Irish economy, as some commentators warned of a global ‘tech wreck’ with IT, software and social media companies cutting both staff and costs.
“We have to be careful with the language we use. We face global challenges – the whole world,” he said.
“The war in Ukraine is making itself felt. From time to time different sectors have very active periods and periods of growth and then they can fall behind a bit.”
“We went through that as a country and came back.”
“I mean, I went through a situation where once in my political life we were fighting for Apple’s survival.”
“Now 6,000 people work at Apple. It’s about re-adapting and re-consolidating.”
He said Ireland was to some extent shielded from global adjustment within the IT sector.
“In some areas of technology, we’re more involved in manufacturing here than in terms of sales, which will give us some buffer.
“But without a doubt, the tech world is going through a very difficult time for a number of reasons. We need to absorb these and focus on how we view the new opportunities that will undoubtedly arise and we are working with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland on domestic businesses to weather the storm.
Earlier, Secretary of Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath admitted it was a “dark day” for staff who suffered the loss of their livelihood.
“I think when there are tough decisions to be made, there is a way to do it,” he said.
“It is important that people are treated with dignity and respect at all times. It is disappointing to hear how this is happening today.”
“I don’t have all the details handy, but I do know that some employees have come online themselves and confirmed they are no longer employed by the company, which is deeply disappointing.”
“I don’t think they (Twitter) have yet made a formal statement on the impact on their Irish operations and we are awaiting developments. But we will do everything we can to support those who have lost their jobs today.”
“And the Government and all our agencies will now work to ensure that alternative opportunities are offered to people who bring valued skills and experience.”
“I am sure there will be a formal statement from the company setting out the full circumstances and facts of the situation. It is a company that we have worked closely with in Ireland for a number of years.”
“It’s an important relationship. But the way things are developing today is deeply disappointing. It’s important that people are treated with respect at all times, no matter how difficult the circumstances may be.”
https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/news/the-summary-notice-of-dismissal-is-not-acceptable-taoiseach-slams-twitter-over-treatment-of-irish-staff-42119760.html The dismissal without notice is unacceptable’ – Taoiseach criticizes Twitter for the treatment of Irish employees