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Anderson calls for enhanced Arntz package

19 January, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has called on the owners of Derry’s Arntz Bellting company to accept an enhanced redundancy package proposed by the workforce.

“I am aware that Optibelt, parent company of Arntz Belting, have been furnished with a proposed redundancy package for the 115 workers who will lose their jobs when the factory closes in March,” Ms. Anderson said.

“As yet, Optibelt have not responded to the proposal but I have contacted them directly in Germany to urge them to accept it.

“This is an enhanced package but that reflects the fact that we are facing a total closure which means there is no hope of these workers gaining re-employment with Arntz in the future.

“Furthermore, Optibelt are still in possession of an extremely valuable asset in terms of the Arntz site plus they have received considerable sums in government assistance during their 40 years in Derry. I believe that Optibelt should now reflect that by agreeing to the enhanced package.

“I would like to stress that Arntz have been a good employer over the years. They have paid decent wages and that is evidenced by the fact that they have an extremely loyal and hard-working staff in Derry.

“Those workers are obviously extremely disappointed to see the factory closing but I hope that Optibelt will honour the spirit of their past presence in Derry by agreeing to the enhanced package.”

Anderson calls for enhanced Arntz package

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