Caterpillar job losses a devastating blow to local area - McMullan
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said the announcement that Caterpillar is to close its Monkstown plant with the loss of up to 250 jobs is a devastating blow to the local area.
The East Antrim MLA said;
"The news that Caterpillar is to close its Monkstown plant with the loss of up to 250 jobs is a devastating blow for the local area.
"My first thoughts are with the workers and their families as they absorb this awful news today.
"Not only is it a severe blow for them but also for the economy of the wider area.
"Management at the company now need to work with staff and their trade union representatives to make sure employees are kept up to date with all developments.
"They should also offer retraining or upskilling opportunities to help those losing their jobs find alternative employment.
"I will also be raising this issue with the Minister for the Economy to see what measures can be taken to support the workers at Monkstown."