Jobs rally organised for Ballymena

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A rally is being organised to demand real jobs and decent wages for the people of Ballymena and secure the town’s future.

‘Rally for a Future’ is being organised by Unite the Union and will take place at the Ballymena Bandstand on Saturday, February 6 from 12pm.

In the past 12 months alone Ballymena has received news of job losses at JTI and Michelin, two important employers in the borough.

These blows to the area has led to a rallying call by Unite the Union that something needs to be done to secure the future of Ballymena.

Residents, employers and employees in the borough are being called to make a stand and make their voice heard at the rally, banners have also been requested.

Unite Representative Susan Fitzgerald, told the Ballymena and Antrim Times said the rally is an attempt to bring the entire community together.

“We are aiming to pull together all strands of the local community together to demand investment for the area. Ballymena has a highly skilled work force in the area and we are calling on the assembly and local politicians to come up with a strategy of investment for the town.

“These cuts don’t just have an impact on those losing their jobs, there is a ripple effect felt throughout the town. Not to mention the impact on young people and education with less apprentice roles available.

“We are calling for all members of the community to join us on February 6.”