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Strabane in shock as O'Neills announces temporary layoffs | NewswireNI

Strabane in shock as O'Neills announces temporary layoffs

Thu, 19/03/2020 - 17:55 -- Editor

SDLP West Tyrone Representative, Daniel McCrossan MLA has responded to O’Neill’s announcement that they are laying off 750 workers until May.

The West Tyrone MLA said:

“This is devastating news for 750 workers and their families, who will be without work for a couple of months. This is awful news right across the North, but most acutely here in Strabane, where we already struggle with high levels of social deprivation.”

“This is yet another devastating effect of the Coronavirus, which has caused huge challenges across every aspect of our society.”

“I know the leadership team of O’Neill’s, who have built this great company and provided significant employment for the people of Strabane and beyond will have found this decision hugely difficult. It is clear they had no their option. We must support our employers and look after their employees to help them through this unprecedented time.”

“It is absolutely vital that workers are given adequate financial support to see them through a very difficult time.”