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Anderson calls on Arntz Management to come clean with workers

12 October, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) has called on Arntz management to come clean with the workers about its future plans for the Derry plant.

Ms Anderson said:

"Almost a third of the 120 workers are on a three day week and earlier this year 24 people were made redundant.

"I have been reliably informed that management will be issuing a 90 day consultation in Jan with closure set for March 2010

"I would urge management to give clarity of their intentions to the workers who to date have not been kept informed about the planned closure

"In the interim it seems that management intend transferring part of the fan belt operation to China

"While at the moment redundancy is not being sought it is general knowledge that it is available to any worker who requests it. While we must do all in our power to retain these jobs we must not lose sight of the need to ensure that this property is not disposed of as part of the company's plans to pull out of Derry. This site must be retained for employment generating purposes as I am aware that planning permission for residential and commercial use of the site has alread been applied for and refused

"Clearly, given Arntz close proximity to Fort George and the Kelvin Telehouse location this site could become crucial for potential telecommunication clients who wish to locate close to the Telehouse. InvestNI has been asked to keep us informed of any developments and it will be used as part of the campaign to have the North West designated an area of Economic Special need. CRÍOCH

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