Boylan and Murphy express concern at loss of jobs in Armagh

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh Cathal Boylan has expressed concern at the loss of over 340 jobs in the past two weeks in the Armagh area. This follows the announcement by the HCL BPO call centre operators that they are to close all operations in Armagh and relocate any remaining posts to Belfast resulting in 255 losses.
Speaking today Mr Boylan said, “This announcement is a blow to the local economy and comes only days after a number of other job losses in the Armagh area including 36 posts at Unicorn Mouldings and 50 posts at Noel Zwecker International Transport. In hard economic times this will leave many families in a precarious position when trying to make ends meet which is very concerning. I am calling for a cross departmental approach in order to establish a task force to mitigate the effect of these losses and ensure that there is a jobs strategy put in place for the greater Armagh area.” Mr Boylan’s Assembly colleague and MP for Newry Armagh Conor Murphy has today scheduled an urgent meeting with Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and will also pose an oral question to enquire as to what action the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment will take to offset the impact on these job losses on the community in Armagh. Mr Murphy said, “The loss of employment is a terrible blow to all of the families in the Armagh area affected by these recent announcements. I will wait to hear what the Minister has to say when my colleague Cathal Boylan and I meet with her this afternoon and if necessary schedule a meeting with the management of HCL BPO and Minister Foster.”
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