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Wrightbus must use investment opportunity to address workforce imbalance

4 October, 2005

Commenting on the news of a 14.6 million investment to Wrightbus in Ballymena North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan urged the company to seize this opportunity to address the employment imbalance within their workforce.

Mr. McGuigan said:

" I certainly welcome this investment and the prospect of adding 170 jobs to the workforce. This will have a significant impact on not only the local economy of North Antrim but on the North as a whole. I do however hope that this opportunity for new employment is seized upon to make the workforce of Wrightbus more representative of the local community.

"The record of Wrightbus on equal employment has not been a good one. For too long it has been a cold house for nationalists.

"A significant proportion of this investment is public money. It is essential that the British government ensure that Wrightbus becomes an equal employer."

Note to Editors

In the latest Workforce Monitoring Returns Wrightbus Ltd published by the Equality Commission was identified as the second worse employer in the Six Counties in terms of under representation of Catholics. Less than 6% of the Wrightbus workforce is Catholic (In a Council area which is over 20% Catholic).

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