Politicians to engage with authorities after job losses

Politicians to engage with authorities after job losses

Picture taken from JMC Mechanical and Construction Ltd website.

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Politicians from various parties have spoken after JMC Mechanical and Construction announced that the firm has closed due to liquidation.

The company - which has bases in Bleary, Waringstown and outside Lisburn - provides mechanical, maintenance, electrical  services, as well as construction work, disabled adaptions and refurbishment of homes and offices throughout Northern Ireland.

However, the sad news was announced to staff today that over 100 of them will lose their jobs.

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has said her thoughts are with staff after the closure of JMC Mechanical and Construction.

The firm announced it was closing its doors on Monday, with over 100 staff losing their jobs.

The Upper Bann MLA said: 

“The news that JMC Mechanical and Construction has entered liquidation will come as a huge shock and blow to the company’s staff, with up to 140 jobs lost as a result of this announcement. My thoughts are with them and their families at this difficult time. I am heartened to hear that a number of employees have already secured jobs and hope the rest will soon, especially at a time when skilled tradespeople are in such high demand.

“My office is open for those affected and we will offer any help and support we can and I'll also be raising this situation with the Economy Minister to see if there are any steps he can take to help those involved.

"The loss of over 100 jobs will be devastating to people across Armagh, Down and Antrim where this company operated, This is the latest in a long line of mass job losses we have experienced and we need to see action from the Executive to protect jobs and encourage investment in these areas to regenerate employment."

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd said the closure will be a "huge blow" for its workers and their families.

Mr O'Dowd said: "The closure will see over 100 workers losing their jobs through no fault of their own.

"Those workers have rights and entitlements which must be honoured and their wages and redundancies must be paid.

"I will be engaging with all the relevant authorities to ensure those workers who have lost their jobs receive the monies owed to them and their families."

Responding to news that up to 140 jobs are being lost at JMC Mechanical and Construction Ltd, Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart said:

“This is devastating news and deeply troubling for the employees losing their jobs, and their families.

This is a long standing, well established and respected company that has obviously suffered greatly as a result of the pandemic.

I will be reaching out to management to see if anything can be done. I will also be working with the Economy Minister to see what support can be out in place to help those losing their livelihoods to find new jobs.”

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