N. Ireland Politics

Most jobs saved at Foyle Meats

The majority of employees under threat of redundancy at a County Londonderry meat processing plant have had their employment secured.

It had been feared that 85 positions at Foyle Meats in Campsie would be lost.

The Unite union has said that nine workers now face redundancy.

Foyle Meats is part of the Foyle Food Group, which also owns Omagh Meats, Donegal Meat, Foyle Proteins and Hilton Meats. It employs more than 750 people, with 260 working at Foyle Meats.

Gareth Scott of Unite said the union has worked diligently to secure this outcome.

"Although saddened that nine members are to lose their jobs the union has helped secure employment for the remainder of those who were in danger of being made compulsory redundant," he said.

In June, the Foyle Group blamed a sharp a decline in sheep production and said with falling throughput it could "no longer justify the slaughter and processing of lambs at its Foyle Meats plant and so will shortly close its lamb facility".

A statement from the company said that between 2007 and 2009, the total number of lambs processed in Northern Ireland fell by 29%.

There has been a further reduction of 25% since the start of 2010.

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