Belfast Telegraph

Job cuts ‘deeply regrettable’

by Niamh Agnew

East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton has expressed his deep disappointment at the further job cuts declared by local employer Britvic.

Mr Newton said that although he believes only four jobs are being lost, 50 had been cut at the company last year.

“Again, behind the job losses are the human stories of families and future potential hardships,” he said.

“The job statistics mask the difficulties that will occur and government needs to ensure all the help that is available in this type of situation is offered to the employees and the company.

“Providing support to the employee is the role of the Department for Employment and Learning and I am calling on the Minister, Danny Kennedy, to make sure this assistance is provided.”

East Belfast MP Naomi Long said the further cuts were deeply regrettable.

She put the number of losses at three although no one from the company was able to confirm the amount to the Community Telegraph.

Ms Long said: “The hope is that the changes being made will put the company on a more sustainable footing going forward and protect the remaining jobs. However, that will be little comfort to those directly affected and their families, particularly in such a difficult economic climate.”

Alliance Councillor for the area Michael Long said: “This is another difficult day for Britvic and its staff in east Belfast, and our thoughts are with those families directly affected by the announcement.

“With 91 employees remaining after this, Britvic remains an important employer in the area, and I hope that this will be the last of the staff cuts in the local plant.”

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