Lough Swilly bus: Union says time running out to save jobs

Lough Swilly company employs around 20 people in Londonderry and another 60 in County Donegal.

A trade union has said that time is running out to save 80 jobs at the Lough Swilly bus company following the appointment of a liquidator.

Philip Oakes from Unite has said events have moved quickly over the past few days and fears are growing for the future of the company.

Unite are due to meet the workforce today.

The company have said it had no comment to make at this stage.

Mr Oakes told BBC Radio Foyle: "We had hoped that some of the contracts that the company have secured are lucrative and maybe some other trader in the same sort of business may have come in and looked to lift the mantle.

"But as this stage nothing has come forth.

"Unite themselves would be one of the creditors and it is not just thousands of pounds but tens of thousands of pounds that is owed to ourselves."

The Lough Swilly company employs around 20 people in Londonderry and another 60 in County Donegal.

One employee who did not want to be named said it was a shock when he heard the news.

"I have worked at the company for 30 years. At one stage you did electrical work but now I do a lot of other jobs.

"We had an idea it was going into liquidation about a week ago and they tried to put a plan in place to save the company.

"I have never really worked anywhere else. It is going to be really hard to find another job."

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