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Sinn Féin back bid to overturn Schlumberger closure

30 October, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin’s Employment and Workers Rights spokesperson Declan Kearney has pledged to support trade union efforts to save 220 jobs at the Schlumberger plant in Newtownabbey.

Commenting after attending an emergency meeting today with Unite the Union, the South Antrim MLA said: 

“The planned closure of the Schlumberger plant will have a devastating impact on the 220 workers directly affected and their families. 

"It is also a huge blow to the north’s already beleaguered manufacturing industry so every effort should be made to avert this closure.

“Schlumberger is a highly profitable global company.

“The suspicion is that the company’s global management have decided to close the Newtownabbey site to relocate these jobs into a lower-wage economy, as part of a drive to maximise global profits.

“Local workers and their families are being made the victims of that agenda.

“Earlier today Unite secured the backing of the workers in their efforts to overturn this decision and save the jobs at Newtownabbey. Sinn Féin will do all in our power to support their campaign.”

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