Posted on Thursday 22 October 2015 by Ulster Business

Construction industry vents at stormont

Construction is the latest industry to vent its frustrations at the lack of proper leadership at Stormont.

The Construction Industry Group (CIG), which represents a number of  sectors which supply the industry, met with members of Northern Ireland’s political parties this week to express their “anger and frustration at the ongoing political deadlock”.

It told the parties that the political impasse is delaying investment in the construction sector which in turn is putting jobs at risk.

Gordon Best, who is Regional Director  of the Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland, one of the organisations represented under the CIG umbrella, said action needs to be taken to prevent a prevent the loss of both work and skills.

“Our politicians must understand that the political uncertainty is deterring economic investment, having a direct impact on jobs in construction and creating a mass migration of skilled workers out of Northern Ireland,” he said. “The industry is concerned about the current and future levels of capital spend and what infrastructure projects the NI Executive will commit to.”

“The current political uncertainty is delaying investment, undermining confidence and forcing many companies to find work in other parts of the UK, causing a skills migration,” he said. “This will make the recovery in Northern Ireland all the more difficult if and when demand eventually picks up again.”

He called on elected representatives to work out their difference for the good of the economy.

“We would encourage our politicians to work hard to resolve the political deadlock before confidence further deteriorates the prize for political agreement and stability is enormous and future generations will thank them for it.”

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