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Calcast Jobs Blow

24 November, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) has said that she is disappointed at today's announcement of jobs losses at Calcast Ltd., based at Campsie Industrial Estate, Derry

Martina Anderson said

"Confirmation of the job losses at Calcast Ltd is yet another blow to the manufacturing industry in the North West and devastating to those workers and their families directly affected particularly just a month to Christmas. Its very important that workers at the plant now receive the full severance packages and support in acquiring alternative employment.

"It is disappointing that this company which was formed in 1995 and at one stage had up 250 employees has now finally closed. The global downturn in the motor industry and the fact that Calcast was so dependent on the manufacture of parts for the US four wheel drive market has been a major factor in today's announcement.

"Although this news is disappointing it comes as no real surprise as the plant has been downsized over the past few years. I will be asking the Minister of Enterprise Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster what action she intends to take to ensure that these workers are reskilled and capable of competing in the job market.

"The haemorrhaging of manufacturing and construction jobs over the last decade in the North West has had a massive impact on the potential growth of this region. As elected representatives we have to constantly redouble our efforts in trying to get jobs to Derry and to have the best infrastructure in place to make that happen which is very hard set against economic circumstances that are currently affecting countries right across Europe.


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