The manufacturing company said the jobs will go at its plant in Monkstown over the next 12-24 months, with ‘consolidation’ to follow at sites in Larne and Springvale. The company said it was in response to ‘current economic and business conditions’.
Mr Dickson said: “I am seeking an urgent meeting with Caterpillar’s Northern Ireland Operations Director to see what could be done to help the affected workers.
“This is a devastating blow for the people of East Antrim and beyond, and my thoughts are with them.
“Many people across the constituency depend on these jobs and it is particularly shattering given Caterpillar had previously announced a number of job losses last year, and other significant cuts to major companies in the manufacturing sector in recent months.
“There needs to be a clear vision from the Executive, not only for fully supporting the workers, but also what will be done to prevent further similar losses down the line. I call on the Economy Minister to take urgent action and I will be seeking a meeting with Caterpillar’s Northern Ireland Operations Director as soon as possible.”