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Dickson seeks urgent meeting with management after job loss announcement

February 23, 2018 9:40 AM

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed his regret after a local company announced 125 jobs would be lost at its Carrickfergus plant.

Sensata Technologies said it had informed employees of its intention to reduce the workforce at the site. The company's Antrim operation will not be impacted. The organisation makes sensors, switches and controls for multiple industries.

"My foremost thoughts are with the staff at the Carrickfergus site affected by this news. This is deeply disappointing and will cause distress locally," said Mr Dickson.

"It is vital options are outlined to the workforce giving alternatives to compulsory redundancy. Anyone made redundant should be given support and guidance to assist them with next steps, and help them find other suitable employment. I am seeking an urgent meeting with company management to help ensure that is the case.

"This has been a tough few weeks for the wider East and South Antrim area, with disappointing news relating to job losses at Kilroot Power Station, Williams Industrial Services and Schlumberger. While Sensata's commitment to maintaining its manufacturing base in Northern Ireland is welcome, we need to see a functioning Executive so plans can be put in place to address these job losses as a matter of urgency."

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