Hunter Apparel in Derry sheds 15 jobs

Simon Hunter of Hunter Apparel in Derry.
Simon Hunter of Hunter Apparel in Derry.

Fifteen people working at Hunter Apparel in Springtown are to lose their jobs.

The employees who represent one third of the staff were told of the job losses earlier this week.

The cuts will come from a range of departments varying from office staff to warehouse staff.

Brenda Callaghan from SIPTU told the Journal that news of the cuts had been difficult for both the staff who were losing their jobs and those who were staying.

“It’s a small firm and there are a lot of people who had many years of service, some up to 20 years. Some staff have spent the equivalent of a lifetime with the company,” she said. “They were really upset.

“Yesterday was an emotional and difficult day. There is a strong and united workforce and those who were told their jobs were secure felt guilty. It’s very difficult to see your colleagues go.”

Ms Callaghan said the job losses had come about after the company lost a number of public service contracts.

The affected employees will officially lose their jobs on Tuesday, however they are currently off with pay until then,

It’s understood the workers affected with receive a statutory package of redundancy with a small enhancement.

In January of this year it was reported that Hunter Apparel Solutions was investing £502,000 and providing 16 new jobs with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland to expand exports.

The Journal contacted Hunter Apparel this morning however no one was available to take our call.