Up to 50 jobs lost at Prudential Assurance in Belfast

Up to 50 jobs are to be lost at Prudential Assurance in Belfast. Picture by Dominic Lipinski, Press Association

UP to 50 jobs will be lost at Prudential Assurance in Belfast in another blow to the north's economy.

Unite the Union said its members were told on Wednesday that a new company had won the contract for Prudential's life and pensions business and were relocating the jobs to Reading.

The workers had been employed on a Prudential contract with Capita but management company Diligenta has taken over.

Earlier this week, around 350 jobs were lost when Williams Industrial Services in Mallusk went into administration and manufacturing company Schlumberger confirmed it would close its Newtownabbey plant this year.

Kevin McAdam from Unite the Union said up to 50 people working on Prudential's contract are "facing redundancy in the next few months".

"The company which has taken on the contract, Diligenta, have offered staff redeployment to Reading but this is neither realistic nor affordable for our members," he said.

"This is a business that has been delivered for Prudential by the workforce here since the early 1980s and some of the current staff have over 30 years' service."

Mr McAdam called on politicians to tackle job losses.

"There is no good reason why Diligenta could not retain the contract in Belfast even if that required looking for new premises or involve further Invest NI assistance," he said.

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