SIPTU representatives have requested an urgent meeting with the management of National Pen following last week’s announcement of the loss of 176 jobs in its Dundalk call centre. SIPTU Organiser, Denis Sheridan said: “SIPTU is asking that National Pen recognises the numerous requests to be represented by their trade union in the redundancy consultation period. The company has refused to honour the wishes of the employees in this regard despite the fact that the company has recruited the services of employer representative group, IBEC, to assist it during the consultation process. It seems employees do not warrant the same level of representation. “Currently, the National Pen management is refusing to provide any evidence to support the need for redundancies, or to identify those employees who will be effected. The company has said that Tunisia has a low cost base and it is recruiting there. “We are asking the company to engage meaningfully with union representatives regarding the actual redundancies it is seeking to obtain from the workforce which is seeking a level playing field during this difficult period for workers and their families.”