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Jobs Lost At Harland And Wolff

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Up To 60 Jobs Lost At Harland And Wolff Is More Bad News For Manufacturing In Belfast And Northern Ireland 

This news reflects the recent decline in the company’s order book and a continuing crisis in the sector says GMB.

GMB, the union for shipbuilding and offshore construction workers, commented on the announcement by Harland and Wolff today, Thursday 10th March, that there would be 60 job losses in Belfast. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press release on Northern Ireland job losses).

GMB will be working closely with the employer to try and minimise the impact on GMB members. 

Michael Mulholland, GMB regional officer, said “The announcement by Harland and Wolff management that they will be seeking up to sixty redundancies reflects the recent decline in the company’s order books. This is the latest bad news story for manufacturing in Belfast and Northern Ireland and follows hot on the heels of a large-scale redundancy announcement at Bombardier. It reflects the continuing crisis in the sector.

Management will attempt to achieve this reduction through seeking volunteers among the workforce in the first instance. Both the GMB and Unite will engage fully with the employer to try and minimise the impact on our members and will work together to offer necessary employment support and advice services to affected members.

Our unions are seeking assurances from the DETI and DEL Ministers that they will mandate relevant agencies to put in place a package for those affected, perhaps involving upskilling, which will mean that these skilled workers are available for the company, as and when they expand their workforce with an improving order book.”

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Contact: Michael Mulholland on 07974 018413, GMB Belfast office on 02890 393340 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691 

Notes to editors 

Bombardier Job Losses In Northern Ireland 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 

580 Job Losses In 2016 And 500 Jobs Under Threat In 2017 At Bombardier Will Have Devastating Impact On The Northern Ireland Economy 

The Executive must take urgent action to halt the decline of manufacturing jobs in Northern Ireland says GMB. 

GMB, the union for engineering workers in Northern Ireland, commented on the announcement by Bombardier on 17th February that there would be 580 job losses in 2016 followed by a further 500 jobs at risk in 2017 in Belfast. See notes to editors for copy of the story running on Press Association dated 17th Feb 2016. 

Michael Mulholland, GMB regional officer, said: "Bombardier are seeking to reduce the Belfast workforce by some 580 jobs in 2016 with further plans for another 500 jobs to be put at risk in 2017. These cuts are part of the overall loss of 7,000 jobs worldwide announced by Bombardier. 

These job losses will have a massive impact on the Northern Ireland economy as they will see the loss of well paid jobs from the local economy. 

The devastating impact of these job losses in Northern Ireland comes on top of the loss of manufacturing jobs at Michelin and Gallaher’s. 

The Northern Ireland Executive must take urgent action to halt the decline of manufacturing jobs in Northern Ireland. 

The Executive should convene a high level meeting to see what has to be done to protect our manufacturing jobs and ensure that there are continued opportunities in the sector. This should be in addition to efforts to secure alternative employment for those highly skilled workers who will be made redundant.” 

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