Carrickfergus manufacturing jobs to go

More than 40 temporary employees are to be let go from the Carrickfergus operation of US company Sensata Technologies.

The US parent said that 42 roles at manufacturer Schrader Electronics will be released before the end of the year.

“Towards the latter end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, the company increased its workforce temporarily to meet an increase in global vehicle and aftermarket growth,” said Sensata in a statement.

“As demand has now stabilised, the company has been undertaking a phased return to its standard, three-shift, five days a week manufacturing pattern.”

Roy Beggs, UUP MLA, said jobs being cut is “disappointing”.

“The announcement of job losses as we approach the Christmas period will be devastating to the workers and families concerned,” he added. “Manufacturing jobs are vital to any economy.

“This further loss of manufacturing jobs must give us all concern. The Northern Ireland Executive must be meeting the needs of local industry so that vital jobs can be maintained and employees can support their families.”

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