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77 AVX job loss announcement in Coleraine is a devastating blow to workers and the Northwest economy

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Press Eye - UNITE Conference Stormont Hotel - 30th January 2017 Photograph By Declan Roughan Belfast conference to hear agenda for Industrial Strategy in Northern Ireland. Speakers included Howard Beckett (Assistant General Secretary of Unite), Dave Anderson, Shadow Secretary of State for NI and Michael Ryan (Bombardier) Unite hosted a one-day conference on the need for a proactive strategic approach to support Northern Ireland’s high-end Manufacturing on Monday January 30th at Stormont Hotel. A range of speakers provided insights on the needs of industry at this critical time. Unite Regional Secretary, Jimmy Kelly spoke ahead of the event: “Unite has come together with Manufacturing NI, who represent employers in the sector, to bring forward a campaign demanding a strategic approach to supporting Northern Ireland industry. “This event, organised by Unite, is the latest in our campaign to highlight the need for an industrial strategy and for it to include real action to meet the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing at this time. This conference will be an opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives. All the major political parties have been invited to participate in an afternoon panel discussion which will focus on their responses to the morning’s contributions”, Mr Kelly concluded.

Threat to one third of workforce at automotive parts manufacturer as Covid pandemic downturn reduces demand.

Liam Gallagher, Unite Regional Officer for workers at AVX expressed his dismay after the company provided his union with a HR1 notification for 77 redundancies on its TTP production line in its plant in Coleraine.

“This news will be devastating news for the 77 workers and their families. AVX is one of the few remaining manufacturers in Coleraine and the reduction of their workforce by one third will come as a significant blow to the North West economy. AVX has been producing electrical capacitors for the automotive industry here for fifty years.

“Unite has been working with the Company through furlough and flexi-furlough since last November to protect the TTP product line. The company had established a second production facility in Penang, Malaysia which was taking away jobs but the downturn in demand in the sector for these components was the last straw.

“Redundancy negotiations begin on Monday [September 7th] and our priority will be to mitigate against the impact on our members through redeployment within the company and facilitating workers who would like to take voluntary redundancy.

“We can ill afford to lose more jobs in this area, and manufacturing jobs in particular are essential to sustain jobs in other sectors. Workers are facing into a bleak and uncertain time and its clear that there is absolutely no strategy emerging from Stormont or Westminster to save manufacturing jobs or outline a ‘post covid’ recovery plan. The likelihood is that initial shock will become anger as job losses turn into long term unemployment”, Mr Gallagher said.

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