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Caterpillar to cut 100 jobs in Northern Ireland

Published 11/11/2015

Caterpillar said economic weaknesses were impacting on global demand for a number of its products
Caterpillar said economic weaknesses were impacting on global demand for a number of its products

Caterpillar is shedding 100 jobs in Northern Ireland.

Fifty of the posts are full-time while the other half are agency contract workers.

In a statement, the US engineering firm, which employs about 2,000 people at plants in Larne, west Belfast and Monkstown, said economic weaknesses in some key markets were impacting on global demand for a number of its products.

A spokesman said: " We know this is difficult for our employees and their families, and resources will be provided to assist impacted employees during this transition."

The union Unite said 2,500 high-value manufacturing jobs have been lost in Northern Ireland in the past last year.

Davy Thompson, Unite regional coordinating officer responded, said: "In the last year, there have been significant job loss announcements at Bombardier-Shorts and Caterpillar who shed 140 jobs this time last year; as well as closures announced by Michelin, JTI and Sirocco.

"In total, 2,500 high-value manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last year. The net impact of these losses is likely to be multiplied three times when indirect and induced jobs lost are included.

"Those who say manufacturing in Northern Ireland is not in crisis are in denial."

Alliance Party MLA Stewart Dickson described the news as a "bad day" for East Antrim.

He said: "The timing of this devastating news is particularly bad, given Christmas is only around the corner, and it will undoubtedly only increase the worry felt by those affected."

Last week Michelin said it intends to wind down its truck tyre factory in Ballymena, Co Antrim, with the loss of almost 900 jobs.

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