Mandatory layoffs are being imposed on Intel workers in Ireland. Intel employ nearly 5,000 people in Ireland, mainly in the west Dublin commuter town of Leixlip. 300 jobs are to go.
Dell, a major customer for Intel and the world's number two maker of laptops announced in January that it would move its major European production line from Ireland to lower-wage Poland.
Unemployment in Ireland has doubled over the past year to nearly 12 per cent.
Pat Harrington, General Secretarty of Solidarity commented:-
"Irish workers face many of the same problems as us. Job cuts and closures combined with a banking crisis. They too are seeing their jobs shipped-off to low-wage economies by greedy Bosses with no national loyalties."