McGlone fears job losses

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st August 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - SDLP MLA for Mid-Ulster Patsy McGlone announces he will be contending for the SDLP leadership.  Patsy McGlone pictured art his office on WIlliam Street in Cookstown.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st August 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - SDLP MLA for Mid-Ulster Patsy McGlone announces he will be contending for the SDLP leadership. Patsy McGlone pictured art his office on WIlliam Street in Cookstown.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone this week claimed that 110 jobs could be under threat due to the “stalling in the resolution of the double glazing programme” in NIHE homes.

Mr McGlone’s claim follow meetings with a number of window manufacturers - Superseal, McIlhattons and Western - and recent revelations by the MAIL that 25 jobs are at risk at Superseal Windows in Castledawson.

Chair of the All Party Group on Construction, Mr McGlone stated that he and two other MLAs have urged the NIHE in a letter to consider the position of the manufacturers who face job losses if contractual issues cannot be resolved.

In a statement, he said: “I have met a number of window manufacturers over the last number of months and they are deeply concerned at the consequences of the delay in resolving contractual matters. Many of these manufacturers rely on the NIHE double glazing programme to maintain a viable and functioning business.

“I understand that as many as 110 jobs are under threat as a result of the delay in the award of the new contract and that has been further compounded by the uncertainty arising from recent statements on alleged over-payments to contractors.

“The stark reality is that any further hold-up in agreeing a contract between the NIHE and the main contractors threatens to put these supply companies in real danger.”