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35 jobs to be axed at Caterpillar

Around 35 jobs are to go at the Northern Ireland operation of Caterpillar, the company has said.

Staff were briefed about restructuring at its electric power division. Cuts are expected to affect staff and agency positions by the end of this month.

The US engineering firm employs about 2,000 across plants in Larne, Belfast and Monkstown.

A company statement said: "Caterpillar today notified its employees that its electric power division will take measures to better align its organisational structure, resulting in a more efficient and competitive business model to better serve our customers."

Jobs are also being lost in Illinois and Georgia.

The statement added: "Resources will be provided to assist impacted individuals during this transition. We know this is difficult for our employees and their families, but we must take steps to position the company for long-term success."

Davy Thompson, regional coordinating officer for Unite the union, said it was a blow to manufacturing.

"This time the losses will be concentrated on the engineering and staff levels."

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