Belfast Telegraph

Red Sky’s ex-boss says row could cost 450 jobs

By Clare Weir

It has been warned that the entire workforce of beleaguered maintenance company Red Sky Group could lose their jobs over the row with former employers Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Red Sky former managing director Peter Cooke has reiterated fears that around 450 could be left out of work after the firm went into voluntary administration.

That decision came days after the Executive cancelled its £7m-a-year contracts with the group for repair work on properties in Belfast and Newtownabbey.

This week scores of angry employees mounted a road blockade with their work vans, causing large traffic jams at the executive’s headquarters in Adelaide Street before barricading the gates of Stormont.

Last year Social Development Minister Alex Attwood launched an investigation into the NIHE that was connected to the Red Sky situation, including allegations of poor workmanship and overcharging.

Mr Cooke said that the mess “has the ability to destroy the company completely”.

“We were just back on the straight and narrow, then this comes at us head on,” he said.

Belfast Telegraph