South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey has called for immediate action from the First and Deputy First Minister to prevent the loss of 760 jobs at FG Wilson.
In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “I am calling on the First and Deputy First Minister to intervene immediately to prevent these job losses. The Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister’s plan to meet the owners of FG Wilson later this month is too little too late. The scale of these job losses and the impact they will have on the Northern Ireland economy requires the First and Deputy First Minister to fly immediately to America to meet with the owners of FG Wilson to do all in their power to prevent them.”
“I do not understand how Invest NI and the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment have allowed this situation to occur. FG Wilson is one of our largest employers providing highly skilled, well paid employment across four sites. I have heard little evidence today of serious consultation with the company from DETI or Invest NI which causes me great concern as how many other companies are in a similar situation.”
“These job losses will be a bitter blow to the local economy as well as the devastation it will cause to individual families. With unemployment on the rise there is little hope that so many people will be able to gain employment in the near future.”
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “The First and Deputy First Minister must step up to the mark and do all they can to prevent these job losses. They must call on the support of their American friends who have taken a keen interest in the peace process over the years to bring pressure to bear on the Caterpillar Executives. Devolution was meant to be about locally elected politicians working for the good of Northern Ireland and it’s people, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness must act now and not let our people down.”