Maximum 125 job losses at Sensata Northern Ireland

A maximum of 125 jobs will be cut at Sensata’s factory in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Company representatives clarified their plans in response to earlier reports suggesting as many as 275 jobs were at risk. The latest information is that, while 275 employees have been told that their positions are “at risk”, the number of job losses will be capped at 125. A company spokesperson confirmed this in a statement in answer to Tyres & Accessories questions on the matter:

“…following the consultation process the company will be reducing the workforce at its site in Carrickfergus by a maximum of 125 people.”

Responding to initial news of job losses on behalf of Unite the union, which represents “a significant number” of those whose jobs are under threat, Regional Officer Joanne McWilliams said:

“…Technologies, formerly Schrader International, was one of the employers in the area which had demonstrated significant growth in recent years against a trend of significant job losses and closures, so this is particularly bad news for the local economy. These job-losses once again call into question the absence of a manufacturing strategy for Northern Ireland, the laggard nature of government support and intervention in the economy and the absence of a functioning locally-accountable Executive to respond adequately to what amounts to a jobs crisis in the manufacturing sector, in particular in the Antrim area…”

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