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Workers devastated as Johnston & McCrory goes into liquidation

Published: 22 January, 2013

Sinn Féin Councillor Dan Kelly says employees of Strabane based painting and decorating firm Johnston & Mc Crory have been left devastated upon being told they have lost their jobs with immediate effect with the firm being put into liquidation.

Cllr Kelly said,

"Johnston & Mc Crory has been a long-standing company which has provided much employment in this area down through the years. Many of the 16 workers who received this news on Monday morning had been with the company for a large part of their working lives.

"Understandably the workers I have spoken are numb and devastated to have been told that their jobs have been terminated with immediate effect. Workers had already accepted a substantial cut in wages the while they had been on a three day week because of lack of contracts they in no way expected this news.

"They now face into an uncertain future having not only to deal with immediate financial worries in terms of securing any entitlements due, but also the in terms of the great difficulties there will be in attempting to secure alternative employment in this current economic climate.

"While Council is somewhat limited in what we can do to assist the many local tradespeople like these workers who have lost their jobs in the economic downturn, a key driver in our decision to prioritize capital investment in a new state-of-the-art sports complex for Melvin, new enhanced leisure facilities for Strabane and Castlederg and the construction of a major new waste disposal facility in the district is to provide at least some local employment opportunities during the construction phases. This is also why strategic projects like construction of the A5 and Invest Ni Business Park are so important.