Wrightbus, the British bus builder, has announced that it is cutting 125 jobs, 35 permanent and 90 agency positions at its main site in Ballymena, in Northern Ireland.
The company’s chief executive said the restructuring was necessary to compensate for the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
An officer of the trade union Unite the Union said the company’s decision to propose job cuts and start redundancy consultations was “'regrettable”. He called on the management to utilise the UK government's job retention scheme instead of cutting jobs, and to keep skilled workers to accelerate the production of new, more environmentally friendly buses.
Wrightbus has created the world’s first hydrogen-electric double-decker bus, which emits only water. The company currently employs 700 people.