The news that up to 131 roles could be lost at Paypal’s operations in Dublin and Dundalk emerged in the last week.
he global online payments firm say they are proposing to relocate a selection of positions in a limited number of teams in both locations to other locations around the world.
The company currently employs around 2,800 workers at its Irish sites, having gradually expanded its Irish presence since opening its first European operations centre in 2003 in Dublin with 25 employees.
Paypal launched an operations centre in Dundalk in 2012 with plans to create 1,000 jobs at the site.
Two years later, it created a further 400 jobs in Dundalk while continuing to grow its Dublin office.
The news, which emerged in the last week, was a disappointing development, but the company have confirmed their commitment to both sites going forward.
Workers affected by the moves will be able to apply for other jobs within the company, or for an enhanced voluntary redundancy package.
‘PayPal is committed to ensuring that colleagues who leave under the proposed changes are treated fairly and generously,” the firm said in a statement.’
Staff were briefed on the development, and the proposals are subject to consultation with the workforce over the coming weeks and arise from a review of the company’s operational needs.
The company said it remains ‘completely committed to Ireland’.
‘PayPal’s sites at Dublin and Dundalk will remain two of PayPal’s largest global centres for employment as critical hubs for the company’s global operations,’ according to the statement.
‘The company will continue to recruit the best possible talent in Dublin and Dundalk to meet the needs of its business.’
Responding to the announcement, Louth TD Ruairí Ó Murchú described it as ‘disappointing’ news.
‘Firstly, my thoughts, and those of my Louth colleague, Deputy Imelda Munster, are with the staff who have been affected by this announcement today. There are 72 people in Dundalk who have been told that their jobs are under threat.’
He added: ‘This is disappointing and worrying news from PayPal, but they have been strident in voicing their commitment to Dundalk and Dublin.’
‘PayPal met with the government and the IDA and I want to hear that the government and the IDA have done everything in their power to try to ensure that as many jobs as possible are saved.’
‘I will also speak to the IDA about this matter.’
Deputy Ó Murchú added: ‘PayPal is an extremely profitable, multi-billion dollar global company that has enjoyed a boost from the increase of customer payments for online goods during the lockdown.’
‘The workforce in Dundalk has been extraordinary in their willingness to show flexibility, working from home and engaging with their colleagues and customers online. I want the company to reflect on that fact.’
‘I understand there is a consultation process taking place this week and I welcome that. However, while the staff directly affected had been briefed this morning, I have made senior management aware that the entire staff cohort had not been told there are job losses in the company, before the news broke online.’
The Dundalk TD added: ‘The company has told me they will be innovative in assisting staff in retraining and staff care. I am informed there will be a voluntary redundancy scheme and I hope it will be sufficient to allow some people to take.’
‘I will continue conversations with the company as this progresses and I will liaise with constituents to offer any support and help I can. There are no unions in PayPal.’
‘I hope PayPal will put the needs of these staff first and return in kind the loyalty and flexibility shown to them by the workforce of more than 2700 in the State’.
The company statement insisted that PayPal ‘is committed to ensuring that colleagues who leave under the proposed changes are treated fairly and generously.
The company is offering impacted employees the option to volunteer for redundancy, with enhanced redundancy and support packages to help them as they move to the next step in their careers.’
‘PayPal is providing additional programmes to provide further support as they move to the next step in their careers. PayPal will ensure that any colleagues who leave are respected for their contributions and treated fairly in accordance with our company values.’