Planning Application Shock For Derry Factory Workers

Management-employee communications at a Londonderry factory seems to have faltered after a planning application for housing to be built on the site of their existing place of work - a Pennyburn plant - was put in a local paper.

Now, some 170 workers at the Arntz Belting facility fear their jobs will be lost and the jobs transferred to a similar factory in Romania.

Last year, workers at the factory, which makes fan belts, went on strike in a row over redundancy payments and in 2005, about 30 jobs were lost at the factory

The parent company, Arntz Optibelt, also has a plant - A&M Belting - at Letterkenny in County Donegal, as part of an operation that employs about 1,200 employees around the world.


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