Varadkar attacked by IBM in job losses row

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Technology giant IBM tonight attacked a senior Opposition politician in a row over the loss of up to 190 jobs at one of its Dublin plants.

The multinational confirmed workers at Mulhuddart were in redundancy consultations as a result of its shifting server manufacturing to China.

But a spokesman accused Fine Gael energy spokesman Leo Varadkar of political posturing over the lay-offs after he said it would devastate his Dublin West constituency.

“He is being unfair and inaccurate,” said the IBM spokesman.

“It’s political manoeuvring really from someone who has never visited the IBM technology campus.”
Varadkar attacked by IBM in job losses row | BreakingNews.ie

IBM to shed 190 jobs in Dublin and more talk of job losses at Shannon. LV was caught out on this.
 


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This is an example of "Leo the loose cannon"

In his statement he implicitly threatened IBM
Mr Varadkar said Dublin had already suffered massively from IBM job losses and flagged up the multinational’s low tax rates and Government grants.
Also this was silly
Leo Varadkar of political posturing over the lay-offs after he said it would devastate his Dublin West constituency.

But an IBM spokesman said it would retain a number of the staff affected and was also recruiting employees in other areas such as software and services.

By the end of March 2011, the head count at its Mulhuddart plant will be the same as it is currently, he said.
Varadkar has temperament problems that show no sign of being tempered by age

cYp
 

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This is an example of "Leo the loose cannon"

In his statement he implicitly threatened IBM


Also this was silly


Varadkar has temperament problems that show no sign of being tempered by age

cYp
Imagine you saying that about anybody !
 

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I suppose if you are not allowed bring slaves to the workplace anymore, you can always bring the workplace to the slaves.
Capitalism for the 21st century
 

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What's he supposed to do, welcome the announcement?
exactly. whats wrong with Leo pointing out the generous tax breaks IBM got and shoving it in their greedy fcking faces?

he should have brought up China's atrocious human rights record while he was at it and utterly shamed IBM.
 

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exactly. whats wrong with Leo pointing out the generous tax breaks IBM got and shoving it in their greedy fcking faces?

he should have brought up China's atrocious human rights record while he was at it and utterly shamed IBM.
As if he would. Or any of them for that matter.
 

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Who do you think is going to win a mickey measuring contest between IBM and Leo?
Who cares?

It is about time our weakling politicians started to show a bit of backbone when dealing with big business.

Every Irish job lost should mean a 100k rebate in tax break money.

While we are on the subject, why don,t we place a 5% levy on the Corporate Tax rate for 2 years. Since we are all in this together.

Let these big foreign corporations help out the country that has been so kind to them, in it,s hour of need.
 

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While we are on the subject, why don,t we place a 5% levy on the Corporate Tax rate for 2 years.
A great idea if you're on the dole and are happy to stay there. Some of us believe that we should encourage foreign investment as the multinational sector provide well paying jobs for those who's skills they can use:lol:
 

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A great idea if you're on the dole and are happy to stay there. Some of us believe that we should encourage foreign investment as the multinational sector provide well paying jobs for those who's skills they can use:lol:
I think you will find that IBM are shedding jobs or did you not read the OP?

Unemployment in this country is rising or have you not noticed?
 

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Last time i checked Varadkar was in the opposition!!

The blame for these job loses is lays squarely at maFFia doors.
 

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This is an example of "Leo the loose cannon"

In his statement he implicitly threatened IBM
Your quote wasn't quite accurate. This is from his website
“Dublin 15 has already suffered massively with the IBM job losses coming on top of several hundred in the area earlier in the year. In fact, over 5,000 people are signing on the Live Register in Dublin 15 right now.

“There is no doubt that IBM has already benefitted from low tax rates and government grants over the years. There is a responsibility on the firm to give departing staff a generous redundancy package of at least six to nine weeks per year of service.
I suspect it's the last sentence that they're p!ssed off about. Also, they are one US multinational that has been very cautious about availing of the low corp. tax regime here. So, I suspect they are somewhat p!ssed off about that as well.
 


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