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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

SDLP West Belfast Councillor Brian Heading and local representative Paul Doherty have requested an urgent meeting with Caterpillar after reports that up to 100 jobs could be at risk as the company outsources its global finance operation.

Cllr Heading said:

“Caterpillar’s West Belfast base has provided skilled jobs for local people here for a long time. This announcement will cause significant concern for local workers who, I understand, have been told that redundancy packages are on offer.

“We have requested an urgent meeting with Caterpillar and will be speaking with trade union representatives to support the staff in any way we can.

West Belfast representative Paul Doherty added:

“The transfer of Caterpillar’s global finance operation to Accenture is bound to cause significant concern in West Belfast. With no local Accenture operation these jobs are under threat and workers will be worried about their future. 

“I have been in touch with the company this morning seeking clarity around the future of workers at the site. We will do all we can to support them.”

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