Announcement of job losses at FG Wilson a ‘severe blow’

Friday September 14th 2012

Archdeacon Stephen Forde.News of major job losses at FG Wilson is ‘a severe blow,’ the Bishop of Connor and the Archdeacon of Dalriada have said in a statement.

The Bishop the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy and The Ven Stephen Forde, Archdeacon of Dalriada and rector of Larne and Inver, issued their statement in the wake of news that 760 jobs are to go at FG Wilson’s sites in Larne, Belfast, Springvale and Monkstown.

The statement reads: “News of the loss of 760 jobs from FG Wilson’s comes as a severe blow for the
communities of Larne and
Bishop Alan AbernethyMonkstown in East Antrim, and also the community in West Belfast.

“At this time of rising unemployment, the loss of any person’s job is devastating for individuals, families and the wider community.”

The statement continues: “Church of Ireland, ministering through its local parishes and the Diocese of Connor, and in co–operation with other churches, offers its support to every individual affected by this news.

“We also encourage local elected representatives and the Northern Ireland Executive to do everything within their powers to reduce the impact of these job losses, and create new job opportunities for this highly skilled workforce.”

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