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Beggs comments on latest unemployment figures

Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has commented on the latest unemployment figures which have just been released. They show that over the latest twelve month period there were a total of 4,311 proposed redundancies, an increase of 86% from the previous year (2,315). Currently there are 1,839 outstanding redundancies (that is, proposed but not confirmed), which is 141% higher than this time last year (762). East Antrim MLA Mr Beggs said: “For the month of October, more people (85) were made redundant in East Antrim that in any other constituency in Northern Ireland. This is undoubtedly related to the job losses at FG Wilsons. http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-stats-index/stats-surveys/stats-redundancies.htm It is a sobering thought that as bad as the current figures are, they are likely to get worse with the additional impact of Pattons going into administration and the knock on effect on local employees and subcontractors. Last week I met sub-contractors … Continue reading

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Call for More Invest NI Action in East Antrim

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has challenged the Department for Enterprise, Trade and investment and it’s business support unit- Invest N-I to re double their efforts in his East Antrim constituency, in the wake of the major job cuts at Engineering firm FG Wilsons. Speaking during a debate on Unemployment in the Assembly Mr Beggs highlighted the growing concern at increasing unemployment rates over the past 3 years, particularly amongst the young . He stated, “23•5% of our young people aged 18 to 24 are unemployed. Worryingly, that rate has shown a very significant increase of 5•2% over the period. So action is clearly needed in that area.” “A contract for youth has commenced elsewhere in the United Kingdom… we want a more effective system to be developed here. We want close working between DETI and DEL to maximise the opportunities for our young people.” In his speech the … Continue reading

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Roy Raises FG Wilsons with Employment Minister and Meets Senior Management

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has again raised the plight of redundant FG Wilson employees at Stormont question time, and has also met with senior management at the Old Glenarm Road site. At Question Time, Roy Beggs MLA asked the Minister for Employment and Learning “to outline how, in order to retain the skills of workers following the job losses at FG Wilson, he intends to assist them in gaining alternative employment” In his reply the Minister outlined the role of his Department’s Redundancy Advice Service and added, “ FG Wilson, the Confederation of British Industry and officials from my Department confirmed that they had received expressions of interest from companies interested in exploring the possibility of redeploying affected staff…My Department is also exploring options for reskilling and upskilling affected staff through the Northern Regional College. The college informed me that, as well as offering upskilling and training, … Continue reading

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