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Mayor speaks about job losses in Borough

26 October 2017

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Hamill, has spoken about the announcements of job losses by Schlumberger and by Bombardier. Both companies are major employers in the Borough.

“These announcements today are a big blow for our Borough. These job losses will significantly affect our residents.  My thoughts are with the employees of the companies and their families. This will be a very worrying time for everyone concerned. The Council is seeking an urgent meeting with Invest NI, the Department for the Economy and other relevant agencies to provide support to the employees affected by these announcements.

Schlumberger has announced that it is considering a proposal to cease manufacturing, assembly and test activities in its Monkstown plant during 2018. There are 200 people employed at the Monkstown Factory and many of these people live locally.

I understand that Bombardier say up to 280 staff will lose their jobs. It is not yet clear where the staff are based. We have many residents working locally for the company and at its other locations. We await further information on how this will impact on us in Antrim and Newtownabbey.”

Schlumberger says this is a global strategic decision and a result of the current prolonged downturn in the Oil and Gas industry products. It has confirmed that its decision to begin a 90 day consultation process is being made on purely commercial grounds and is working closely with the Department’s for the Economy’s Employment Support Service to provide whatever support possible to help those that will be affected by the potential job losses.  

Bombardier says its announcement is also a result of challenges resulting from global pressures, specific market slowdowns and business restructurings that are beyond the reach of government intervention.