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Londonderry shirt factory temporarily lays off 50 staff

Up to 50 jobs are at risk at Londonderry shirt factory Smyth & Gibson after the company announced it would be temporarily laying off 50 staff.

Letters have been circulated to staff informing them that the company has lost one of its main customers.

The firm has told staff they have received one final order to allow time to source potential new clients.

However, staff were informed there would be no factory work until mid-May.

This has led to the decision to lay staff off "for a period of approximately five weeks".

Foyle DUP MLA Gary Middleton voiced his concerns following the decision.

“My office is currently assisting several staff from the Smyth and Gibson shirt factory after they were contacted by management to inform them that they have lost one of their main customers," he said.

"This has obviously caused much concern among the staff and fears for their future employment.

"I have already made contact with the company who are working to resolve the situation. I will continue to work with those affected and to provide advice and guidance where appropriate.”

The Belfast Telegraph has approached Smyth & Gibson for comment.

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