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Rapid action is needed to help Teletech staff

THE loss of almost 200 jobs at Teletech in north Belfast is a major blow for all those involved, but they should not be left to fend for themselves, or face the future unsupported.

The Assembly and the Executive could – if they wished – intervene to help with job security, retraining and alternative contracts.

Invest NI and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment must act quickly to secure alternative employment for the 197 employees currently facing redundancy.

We need the same kind of government intervention that was promised in support of the employees of KPL, the Dungiven-based firm, which collapsed in February.

The redundancies at Teletech take effect in just under two months' time.

Invest NI and DETI must act decisively to secure these jobs, retain the skills in the north Belfast area and demonstrate that the Assembly is capable of making positive interventions in the local economy.

CHRIS BAILIE and GEMMA WEIR

Workers Party

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