Outgoing Mayor ‘deeply concerned’ 95 jobs are at risk at Wrightbus

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Mayor Paul Reid.

 

The outgoing Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said, on Tuesday afternoon, he was “deeply concerned” following an announcement by Wrightbus that up to 95 jobs are at risk.

The Ballymena-based company employs around 1,500 people and sells its vehicles in both domestic and international markets.

Up to 95 job roles could be affected within the company, according to the firm – the second such proposed cut in recent months.

Councillor Reid said: “This is very worrying news for Ballymena and Mid and East Antrim, and my thoughts are with all of those affected and their families.

“This Council will provide its full support to all of those impacted by this process.

“We have suffered a number of job blows in recent months and years, but we are resilient and will do all within our power to mitigate as best we can the impact of these on our Borough’s citizens and the local economy.

“We will seek to put in place measures to support those affected through our Economic Development team and the Manufacturing Task Force, set up to combat the effects of job losses as a result of the closures of Michelin and JTI’s local sites.

“Wrightbus remains a key employer in Mid and East Antrim and one of Northern Ireland’s leading businesses.

“We will continue to work closely with Wrightbus and our senior elected representatives throughout this consultation process, and we reiterate our full support for all those who face an anxious wait and uncertain future.”

 

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