A building firm which carried out repair work for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) has gone into administration blaming increased financial pressures.
Workers at Mel Davison Construction (MDC) had staged a sit-in at premises on Shankill Road, Belfast, after they were told on Monday that all 150 of their jobs had been lost.
A spokeswoman for administrators Cavanagh Kelly said: "Tightening margins in MDC's activities have resulted in increased financial pressures that have proven unsustainable."
The Portadown-based firm carried out response maintenance work for the NIHE in Craigavon, Lisburn, south Belfast and Shankill.
An NIHE spokesman said: "Our priority has been to ensure we offer a repairs service to tenants and we have put in place contingency arrangements."
Susan Fitzgerald of trade union Unite said the NIHE had signalled that eligible staff would be transferred into the direct labour force of the NIHE.