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Redundancies ‘not discussed’ when trade unionists met bus manufacturer Wrightbus

It is seeking a new investor and has brought in consultants Deloitte.

Redundancies were not discussed when trade unionists met Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus over the company’s future (Craig Eccleston/TFL/PA)
Redundancies were not discussed when trade unionists met Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus over the company’s future (Craig Eccleston/TFL/PA)

Redundancies were not discussed when trade unionists met Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus over the company’s future.

It is seeking a new investor and has brought in consultants Deloitte in a bid to ensure its skilled workforce continued to deliver “cutting edge” transport vehicles to customers near and far.

Trade unionists have said workers deserved full transparency amid reports of cashflow problems.

Unite the union said: “Trade union Unite, which represents workers at Wrightbus, this morning (Wednesday) had meaningful discussions with the company and will be working with them to ensure the long-term viability of Wrightbus as an independent manufacturer in Northern Ireland, and to future-proof our members’ jobs.

“The meeting did not include any mention of redundancies.

“Discussions are being held with political representatives in Belfast and Westminster.”

Wrightbus has been a hugely profitable company in the past, and based its business model on producing low-emissions vehicles.

When Boris Johnson was mayor of London, he announced a lucrative order to produce the capital’s latest fleet of buses.

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said he had raised the issue with Boris Johnson’s office and will ask the Government to make a major intervention.

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