Jobs boost good news for East Belfast – Long

East Belfast Alliance MLA Naomi Long has hailed news that 35 of the 50 staff who lost their jobs at Central Group Services last week have been offered alternative employment at another company in the vicinity. Positions have been created at Contract Services NI, who have taken on around 90% of the contracts previously at Central Group Services.

Naomi Long MLA said: “This announcement provides real hope at this extremely tough time. Job losses can have a devastating knock-on effect on the community and local businesses, and this development will soften the blow following last week’s news.

“This news is extremely positive; however, I feel for the remaining staff who are still seeking employment following last week’s announcement at Central Group Services.

Alliance Councillor in the Dundonald area, Judith Cochrane said: “Given the disappointing news in recent times as regards redundancies in Northern Ireland, I am very pleased that some good news is forthcoming.

“I hope that Contract Services NI will be able to expand in the future and that extra opportunties may be created.”


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