Belfast Telegraph

Up to 60 jobs to go at software company

Up to 60 jobs are to be axed at a Co Antrim factory owned by a US company which now wishes to locate the work elsewhere.

Ciena, which bought part of Canadian company Nortel’s business last year, makes computer components for customers around the world.

Sean Smyth of the trade union Unite said employees at the site at Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, were given the news yesterday.

A manager from Ciena’s headquarters in Baltimore is expected to visit today to give further details.

Mr Smyth said the reason for the job losses was “very simple”.

“They are bringing the jobs back to America after President Obama said he would bring jobs home to the US. Some of the jobs will go to Guatemala and Asia as well.”

Ciena had kept Newtownabbey as the base for logistics for its European hub.

The company is expected to retain a customer excellence centre in Newtownabbey, where it employs 116 people in total.

Mr Smyth: “Employees are saddened but not surprised. We were expecting this.

“When Ciena bought part of Nortel, it was clear they were interested in the product, not the people, but they had to take the people at the time.”

But he added: “The good news is that the people who are losing their jobs this time will be paid redundancy.”

Ciena announced its purchase of Nortel’s ethernet networks business in March last year.

Belfast Telegraph