Belfast Telegraph

Job fears as workers at Co Fermanagh quarry are given notice

By John Mulgrew

Around 20 jobs could be at risk at a Co Fermanagh quarry and construction firm, it has been claimed.

Some workers at P Clarke and Sons in Lisnaskea were given a notice of redundancy this week, according to the union Unite.

Unite's Gareth Scott claimed it had not been consulted on the potential job losses and said it was "critical that the union is engaged in this process to guarantee the interests of the workforce".

The union also raised concerns about the "huge loss" of manufacturing employment in the Lisnaskea area in the last few years.

Mr Scott said the firm was one of the leading road surfacing operators in Northern Ireland.

No-one from the company was available for comment.

The third generation firm was set up in the 1930s as a contracting and quarrying business.

In the latest set of group accounts for P Clarke and Sons Ltd, the firm cites a "loss of confidence in the economy" leading to "more difficult trading conditions".

The firm reported turnover of around £20m and a small profit of £75,000 - after taking out interest, tax and other expenses - according the last set of accounts ending March 31, 2014.

Staff numbers for the year ending March 2014 rose to 111 from 96 a year earlier.

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