Uber employees in Limerick have been informed that redundancies at the company's European headquarters in the city will be initiated on or after 12 June.

140 Uber employees in Limerick were put on "gardening leave" last Thursday. 14 May.

It is understood that while they are being paid, they are not expected to work and they have had their access to some of the company's systems suspended.

The company has not yet commented on the potential for job losses in Limerick.

However, it is understood that discussions with employee representatives are ongoing.

Yesterday Uber announced that it was cutting a quarter of its global workforce and trimming investment to survive the financial hit to its business from the coronavirus pandemic.

It announced it would lay off 3,000 people, in addition to the 3,700 redundancies announced on 6th May.

"Given the dramatic impact of the pandemic, and the unpredictable nature of any eventual recovery, we are concentrating our efforts on our core mobility and delivery platforms and resizing our company to match the realities of our business," chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said.

The company employs 500 customer service staff at its Limerick city offices, which looks after its markets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The company provides car services to customers through a mobile phone app.

Local Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan called for the company to ensure that any employees who are made redundant are properly and promptly compensated.

"Once we get through this pandemic, I hope that these jobs will be reinstated in the future," Mr Quinlivan added.