Newry's MJM Marine, hit by Covid-19 enforced job losses

Chris Brennan

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Chris Brennan

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chris.brennan@newrydemocrat.com

ONE of the largest employers in Newry - MJM Marine - has told staff that redundancies ‘in large numbers’ are unavoidable after orders were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In an internal memo to staff , the company explained that the current orders have been postponed indefinitely by customers, with the exception of one project.

MJM employs 270 people in three centres across Europe.

It is also one of the biggest job providers in Newry.

Last week also saw an announcement from Carphone Warehouse that all ‘stand alone’ stores were to close nationally with one of their Newry outlets earmarked for closure.

With such uncertainty over the Coronavirus, other job loss announcements are expected in the coming days and weeks.

MJM explained why they were forced to cut back on their workforce:

“You will appreciate that we find ourselves in unprecedented times.

“The consequence of the spread of Covid-19 and the steps that are being taken globally to arrest the spread of the virus have had a catastrophic impact on business generally, and I am afraid that this company is no exception.

“It is with deep regret that we have to inform you that redundancies in large numbers are unavoidable.

"We wish to continue to employ as many of our workforce as we can.

“We will be consulting with your representatives over the next days to see how best we can avoid redundancies and keep them to the lowest level and also about mitigating the effect of redundancy upon redundant workers, but the first step is for the workforce to elect its own representatives so that they

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