Ongoing concerns about the future of some jobs at Teleperformance in Newry has led SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley MLA to seek an urgent  meeting with Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

Mr Bradley explained, 'over recent days I have been contacted by staff within Teleperfomrace at the Quays in Newry expressing concerns for their jobs in at the Contact Centre in Newry.  I understand that one of the companies clients, Samsung have opted to move their contact centre operation elsewhere.'

'In informing staff of the move, Teleperformance have given assurances that every effort is being made to redeploy staff to other work within the company, yet there still remains a lot of anxiety and concern among the workforce. I have raised the issue with the Chair of the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee at Stormont and it will be raised at today's committee meeting.  I have also spoken directly with the Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland who is working with Teleperformance and he has assured me that Invest will conrtune to work with the company to ensure all current staff are retained within the company.'

'The contact centre market is by its very nature a constantly changing environment and I want to see Invest Northern Ireland and indeed the Department of Enterprise work with the sector, particularly in places such as Newry to ensure the sector is getting all the support possible to ensure jobs are retained here.  Invest and the Northern Ireland Executive are working hard to attract inward investment in this sector and other back office support services, and I want to see Newry and Armagh benefiting from that investment.'  '

'I have written to Minister Arlene Foster and asked for an urgent meeting to discuss the Teleperformance jobs and what support her and her department can offer the sector locally to ensure these jobs are retained in Newry and that more jobs are promoted and delivered for Newry and Armagh.'

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