FG Wilson's Monkstown plant
FG Wilson's Monkstown plant
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EMPLOYMENT prospects in Newtownabbey took a devastating double blow this week with revelations of impending job cuts at FG Wilson and the University of Ulster.

On Monday (July 2), FG Wilson, which has a base in Monkstown, revealed plans to axe 160 agency workers, with 100 jobs in management also under review.

As many as 260 jobs could be lost across the generator manufacturer’s three sites in Monkstown, Larne and Springvale as it moves part of its production to China in a bid to “remain competitive”. The company said it would not “speculate” on where the job cuts would occur, but revealed workforce reductions will affect staff at all three sites.

Furthermore, on Wednesday (July 4) hundreds of support staff at the University of Ulster were set to stage a demonstration over proposed changes to their employment outside Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, where the university is holding its graduation ceremonies.

Trade union Unison said 260 jobs, including those of cleaners, porters and security guards - including up to 70 at Jordanstown - were under threat as the university sought to outsource their positions.

However, the university has stated there will be “no job losses” for staff on permanent contracts or any change in their terms of employment.