The Vice Chair of Stormont’s Economy Committee Sinead McLaughlin MLA is to request an urgent meeting with representatives of Sainsbury’s after the company announced plans to cut 3,500 jobs. The SDLP MLA said that the move underlines the urgent need for a long term strategy to deal with the loss of thousands of jobs over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic and has urged the Economy Minister to come forward with proposals. Sinead McLaughlin MLA said: “Sainsbury’s announcement today of plans to cut 3,500 jobs and the closure of hundreds of Argos stores will have a devastating impact on local workers. Staff in stores across Northern Ireland have gone the extra mile to keep people safe over the course of the pandemic, they deserve much better than this. “This further underlines the need for a comprehensive job protection strategy from the Economy Minister. Too many people have had their employment security threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the threat of Brexit. We can’t just sit back as thousands of low income workers and their families face poverty in the middle of a pandemic.
“I am seeking an urgent meeting with Sainsbury’s about this announcement and what it will mean for workers across Northern Ireland."