Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast, Paul Maskey, has called on both the Enterprise Trade and Investment Minster and the Employment and Learning Minister to assist in whatever way they following the news that over 700 jobs may go at FG Wilson.
Speaking today Mr Maskey said:
“The jobs losses at FG Wilson are a huge blow to the local and are significantly higher than predicted.
“We need to examine why this is the case given that FG Wilson doubled its pre-tax profits to £7.8m in 2011 and how much Invest NI have contributed to this company over the past number of years.
“This move will leave many workers and their families facing hardship in what are already difficult economic times and our primary focus needs to be with them.
“What we need to see is the Department of Employment and Learning and the Department of Trade and Investment jointly setting up a unit to advise those facing redundancy ofemployment opportunities, benefit entitlements, mortgage advice and skills retraining.
“The Ministers also must ensure that those being made redundant are also given their full entitlements.
“Sinn Féin Ministers made this issue a priority at the Executive jobs meeting this morning while Martin McGuinness, who is currently in the United States, has been fully briefed and will be raising his concerns on the FG Wilson job losses.
“I will be raising this and placing a strong a focus on the need for all Ireland economic development and job creation with members of the All Ireland Good Friday Agreement Committee in Dublin today.”