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Yes, I will. It is extremely important that we are able to speak to the trade unions and that we treat them as partners in an extremely difficult, sensitive situation for many of their members.
Many businesses have indicated to me that they now operate a dual system for their business where they have an online presence and a high-street presence. It is important that we retain the high-street presence, but sometimes the online presence also helps to sustain that business. I talked to businesses in mid-Ulster recently who gave us real examples of that. Yes, we will bring forward a...
I have already indicated to the House that I will write to the administrators who have now taken over responsibility for this to ensure, first, that we try to salvage as much of the business as possible and, secondly, that workers have their rights. Of course, should any of those workers feel that they have not received their rights, they should revert to the Labour Relations Agency, which...
DUP MLA for Upper Bann
Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election
Also represented Belfast West
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