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Co Down aerospace company planning 235 redundancies

Collins Aerospace aircraft seat manufacturing plant in Kilkeel employs 948 people.

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An aerospace company in Co Down is planning 235 redundancies, Unite the union said (Steve Parsons/PA).

An aerospace company in Co Down is planning 235 redundancies, Unite the union said (Steve Parsons/PA).

An aerospace company in Co Down is planning 235 redundancies, Unite the union said (Steve Parsons/PA).

An aerospace company in Co Down is planning 235 redundancies, trade unionists said.

Collins Aerospace aircraft seat manufacturing plant in Kilkeel employs 948 people.

Job losses at this scale will be a hammer blow to the local economy and will mean uncertainty for many other workers and small businesses dependent on these jobs for a livelihoodKieran Ellison

Kieran Ellison, Unite regional officer with responsibility for his union’s membership at the plant, said managers proposed making up to a quarter of the workforce redundant.

He added: “This news will be devastating for the Collins Aerospace workforce and the local community in and around Kilkeel.

“Job losses at this scale will be a hammer blow to the local economy and will mean uncertainty for many other workers and small businesses dependent on these jobs for a livelihood.”

SDLP Assembly member Sinead Bradley said it was a devastating blow to the local economy and urged the Executive to consider intervening.

“While there has been a growing realisation that the aviation industry is struggling at a global level the scale of the impact locally has nonetheless caused great shock and concern.”

The aviation industry is struggling from the effects of a pandemic which grounded most flights during lock down.

Passenger numbers are expected to be low for some time.

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