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Tuesday, 6 November, 2001, 16:02 GMT
Shipyard calls in unions to discuss jobs
Aeriel view of Belfast shipyard
Shipyard has been in decline for a number of years
The Belfast shipyard, Harland and Wolff, has said it has contacted its unions seeking talks about future employment levels.

In a statement on Tuesday, the company said work would begin to run out from the middle of 2002 and while it is trying to win new orders there was no guarantee it will be successful.

The yard currently has a workforce of about 600, but the only orders on its books are two ferries for the Ministry of Defence.

The company has been in difficulties for some time and laid off half of its 1,200 strong workforce last year due to an empty order book.

Harland and Wolff also lost more than 26m last year.

Financial figures in August showed that with only small contracts to tide it over from March to August, the firm racked up losses of almost 4m.

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