NORTH Antrim MP Ian Paisley is predicting that at least 1,000 jobs can be saved at Wrightbus.
He said the investment of “significant millions” by industrialist Jo Bamford in taking over the factory was a “vote of confidence in the workforce”.
Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster on Friday evening he said there had been a plan in March this year “to slash the workforce by about 300” but there was insufficient cash in the business to pay those redundancies “and that’s what put immense financial pressure on the company throughout that period of time.”
He added: “So at that point there was already going to be a major deep cut in the company, the company knows that; the workers are sensible enough to know that but this company is turning a new page, writing a new chapter…a brilliant opportunity.
“I would predict that within a year and a half there will be 1,000 people back employed in this company, that is the ambition that this company has.
“It is a brilliant good news story at a time when there could have been economic hardship. May I emphasise it is great that we have a British company investing in Ballymena.”