Harland and Wolff to lay off a third of workforce

The iconic Belfast shipbuilders blame downturn in the oil and gas sector

11th March, 2016
Bad news for workers Pic: Getty

The company said that difficult market conditions in the oil and gas sector is forcing it to significantly downscale their operations.

Regional Organiser for the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering unions, Michael Mulholland, said that the announcement reflected the "continuing crisis in the sector".

Harland and Wolff employs 200 staff but this figure can rise to several hundred contractors depending on workloads.

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