APPROXIMATELY 18 jobs are expected to be lost at Omagh electrical engineering firm JMG Systems as part of a “restructuring plan.”
According to an employee, staff at the Derry Road-based company were informed on Wednesday of “15-18 redundancies” which are expected within weeks.
Management did not confirm the redundancies but said they will be “consulting with employees.”
In a statement to the UH, JMG Systems Managing Director, Joann McCaul, said that they were embarking on a “restructuring process” with the ultimate aim of securing their future.
“After growing steadily in the quarry and construction market sectors for the last 40 years, JMG is embarking on a restructuring process to further develop our lean processes and position the company for the changing market conditions and economic climate both now and in the future.
“This will happen over the next six to 12 months with an initial reduction in staff overhead in the first few months as well as the creation of some new roles and processes going forward. Whilst this will certainly affect some staff, we will retain over 80 staff in our Omagh headquarters and manufacturing locations.
“This change in structure and realignment of roles and responsibilities will ensure the long-term growth and security of the company, and position us to meet the demands of our customers.”
JMG Systems provides engine monitoring systems from development to full-scale for quarrying, recycling, crushing, aircraft ground support, construction and automotive equipment.
Omagh independent councillor, Sorcha McAnespy, who previously worked in the company, said potential redundancies would be a massive blow to Omagh and the surrounding area.
“It is devastating for employees and their families to have to live with the uncertainty of whether or not they will have a job in a few week’s time,” she said.
“I would urge Simon Hamilton Minister of the Economy to step in to see if there is any help or assistance which he can offer to the company at this critical juncture.”