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Mining business 'confident' of rehiring axed staff

A CO Tyrone firm which is shedding 80 jobs in the run-up to Christmas said it is "confident" that most of the workers will be re-hired in the new year.

Mining and construction company Sandvik is laying off a quarter of its workforce, including permanent, full-time and contract employees, from its site at Tullyvannon in Ballygawley.

The firm has blamed the losses on "seasonal factors". But Steve Powell, director of human resources at the firm said most of the workers who have been laid off will be re-hired as orders pick up.

"Due to seasonal factors, up to 80 contractors and temporary staff and permanent staff at the Ballygawley factory have been laid off or made redundant," he said.

"I am confident that as orders increase during the first quarter of 2013 that the majority of these workers will be taken back on."

The Ballygawley plant, which builds mobile screens and crushing equipment, was formerly known as Fintec, but was bought over by Swedish engineering giant Sandvik in 2007.

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