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Jobs threat at equipment company
About 100 jobs are under threat at the company
About 100 jobs at a medical equipment company in west Belfast are under threat.

The US owned firm Trivirix International has gone into administration.

The company has a factory at the Springvale Business Park. Staff were told the news on Monday and unions have said they fear there will be job cuts.

Communications Workers Union spokesman Nigel Cotgrove said everything possible was being done to stop redundancies.

"The CWU is doing everything possible to save jobs and keep the Springvale site as a going concern," he said.

"We call on both national and local government to join with us to support these workers and this crucial sector of the economy."

Sinn Fein's Michael Ferguson also called on the government to intervene and help find a new owner for the factory.

"All of the current workforce should be retained to ensure that current orders are completed," the west Belfast assembly member said.

'Government intervention'

"We need government intervention to help secure a new owner because the workforce are skilled and able to deliver good manufactured equipment for the medical industry.

"In addition this is an area characterised by multiple deprivation with 13% long term unemployment and there is a responsibility on the government to do all in its power to support the current workforce."

Administrator Tom Keenan from Deloitte and Touche said they were carrying out a review of the business.

"Our priority now is to look at the financial situation of the business and see what can be saved," he said.

"We would be looking to maximise the outcome for the creditors of the company and that could involve the sale of the business as a going concern."

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