Commenting on the disappointing announcement from Bombardier Belfast today that they are to cut 580 jobs this year and up to 500 further jobs next year, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, David McNarry MLA said:
"The job losses at bombardier is devastating news for the workers and their families. The first Minister and the Enterprise Minister should have their tickets booked now to fly straight to Bombardier Head Office and see exactly what this companies intentions are in Northern Ireland.
UKIP NI Assembly Candidate for East Belfast, Jonny Lavery added:
"Sadly we have yet another round of terrible news emanating out of Bombardier. East Belfast simply cannot afford to lose high calibre jobs of this nature and this news will come as a devastating blow to the local economy.
"There will be many families impacted by these redundancies both this year and next and they now face very uncertain futures. Our thoughts are now with those who will be directly affected by this deeply regrettable news."
Commenting further on the long-term implications of this news, David McNarry said:
"We all need to look closely at the employment landscape following Bombardier, Michelin and JTI Gallaher which point unfavourably to a loss of confidence in maintaining such companies here. The question is not to lament about bad news but to tell the people and the workforce how all these job losses are to be replaced."
"Job creation is good but we need an immediate injection of replacement jobs and the protection of existing jobs spell it out Executive, First Minister and Enterprise Minister."