Dickson: ‘A bad day for East Antrim’

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said “it has been a bad day for East Antrim” after Caterpillar NI announced it was to lay-off 100 staff.

The move comes only hours after Schrader Electronics in Carrickfergus revealed 42 temporary employees would be released before the end of the year. In a statement, Caterpillar NI said current weaknesses in the global economy resulted in the measures, which will see 50 permanent staff and 50 temporary staff made redundant from its locations in Larne, Monkstown and West Belfast.

“This is a double blow, following on from news about Schrader Electronics earlier today,” said Mr Dickson.

“The timing of this devastating news is particularly bad, given Christmas is only around the corner, and it will undoubtedly only increase the worry felt by those affected. I will be speaking to Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry to help mitigate where possible for those staff impacted.

“Whilst job creation in this harsh economic climate is difficult, it is important the political stability is created that will both safeguard employment and attract extra investment, so days like this become a thing of the past.”

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