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Higgins says potential job loss a devastating blow

Alliance West Belfast representative Donnamarie Higgins has said the potential loss of 100 jobs at manufacturing company Caterpillar is a devastating blow to those affected.

The move will affect Caterpillar’s financial services centre off the Springfield Road. The company has said it is due to outsourcing its global finance operations.

“This is a major blow to West Belfast and also the wider Northern Ireland economy,” said Ms Higgins.

“One job loss is one too many, but to be faced with 100 job losses in an area with one of the highest unemployment rates in the UK is calamitous. My thoughts are with the workers affected and their families, who will be devastated by this news.

“Undoubtedly the lack of an Executive is having a significant impact on manufacturing here in particular. We need power-sharing to return so we can focus on better supporting the industry, and attract and retain high quality jobs in Northern Ireland.”