Q Radio News
There's been a call for the government to act immediately to help workers here who've lost their jobs because of the coronavirus crisis.
Iconic sportswear firm O'Neills on Thursday suspended operations in Strabane until at least May, with the temporary lay-off of 750 staff.
It follows major job cuts in hospitality and other industries across Northern Ireland this week.
West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan has told Q Radio Covid-19 is causing huge challenges in every aspect of our society.
He says it's "absolutely vital workers are given adequate financial support to see them through a very difficult time."
O’Neill's Sportswear manufacturers confirm 'unprecedented decision' in it's 102 year history to suspend operations until at least 5th May 2020. It means hundreds of staff will be temporarily laid off, with a small number retained to service existing customer requirements. pic.twitter.com/uRImxyFdNd— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) March 19, 2020
Meanwhile, some rare good news on the jobs front has been announced by another local firm....
Food producer Moy Park announces hundreds of temporary jobs in Northern Ireland and GB due to a surge in demand for chicken as people take to the supermarkets during the Coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/TmmuYkpa0i— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) March 19, 2020