60 Seagate temps out of work

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Sixty staff at Seagate Technology are out of work after their contracts were not renewed, the ‘SUNDAY’ has learned.

The company has confirmed that the temporary agency staff’s term of employment at the company came to an end this weekend.

A spokesman for Seagate Springtown, which is one of Derry’s largest employers with 1,358 workers, said all the staff affected were “clearly informed of their temporary status”.

He added: “The nature of Seagate’s business requires the use of temporary agency staff from time to time to meet additional short-term manufacturing requirements.

“Currently we have 60 agency operators whose term of assignment will end this week. Seagate ensures that all its legal requirements are met in respect of temporary workers and places this same responsibility on any contractors it engages to source and employ temporary workers on its behalf.”

However, Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson said any loss of jobs in Derry is something the city “can ill afford”. “I have spoken to a number of workers in Derry and they are very worried at the prospect of losing their jobs. Like anyone in that situation they are deeply concerned about what the future holds for them and their families as they have mortgages, bills to pay.”