Assembly members meet with FG Wilson over jobs

The FG Wilson site at Monkstown.
The FG Wilson site at Monkstown.

LOCAL elected representatives have held urgent talks with senior management at FG Wilson to discuss the recent announcement of major job losses at the company.

As reported in last week’s Times, up to 260 job are set to go by the end of the year at the generator manufacturing plants in Monkstown, Larne and Springvale.

The three DUP East Antrim MLAs Sammy Wilson, David Hilditch and Alastair Ross met with senior management this week to receive an update on the current situation and to ask questions about the job losses, the timing and the consultation period.

In a joint statement, the trio said: “During the meeting we asked where the job losses would occur, and which production lines would be effected, as well as ascertaining what support has been offered by the Department for Employment and Learning as well as Invest NI.

“We also reassured the company of our support and offered assistance in getting government to support the company maintain competitiveness internationally in these challenging economic circumstances.

“FG Wilson is a hugely important employer in the East Antrim area, and it is important that management, workers and government work together to ensure the continued success of the company.”

Read the full story in this week’s Times...