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Jobs to go as Camden Glass and Co-Op bank announce closures closures

By Staff Reporters

Published 22/01/2016

Joanne McWilliams
Joanne McWilliams

A trade union has claimed that 65 jobs are set to be lost with the closure of the Camden Glass plant in Co Tyrone.

And a Co-operative Bank branch in Belfast is also set to close with the loss of eight jobs.

Unite regional officer Joanne McWilliams said Camden Glass was start a statutory 30-day consultation on closing its glass production plant in Benburb.

"This decision will result in a loss of 65 jobs," she said. "Management seek to justify the decision on the grounds that they would be investing in a new production facility in Antrim which would create 50 new jobs.

"But this is cold comfort to the workforce."

Camden Glass is part of Camden Group, which received a £1.6m support package via Invest NI in 2011.

Ms McWilliams added: "Camden Group must live up to their social responsibilities and fully compensate their workforce for a decision driven by corporate priorities.

"Many of the workers facing redundancy have built the company's success long before the current management took over. If they remain intent on closing the plant they must provide improved redundancy for their workers in recognition of their long-standing commitment, loyalty and hard work."

Camden Glass, which makes PVCu products, did not immediately respond to a request for comment last night.

Meanwhile, Co-operative Bank has said it will close its Belfast branch in June. The branch, in Donegall Square, shut at 3pm on Wednesday as the news was broken to its eight staff.

A spokesman for Co-operative said he could not say at this stage what will happen to the staff.

The bank has a small market share here, with current accounts making up less than 5% of the Northern Ireland market.

The branch, the only one in Northern Ireland, first had its future placed in doubt in 2013 when Co-operative announced it planned to close 50 branches.

Liam Coleman, director of retail and commercial at Co-operative Bank, said that customers could continue to access their accounts via telephone, online and mobile banking facilities.

He said there were three Post Office branches within a mile of the branch where customers can undertake most day-to-day banking transactions.

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