Worried Wilson staff suspect MOD contracts

Worried staff at F.G Wilson have contacted the Andersonstown News to say they believe that work for the Ministry of Defence is being carried out at the West Belfast plant.

A member of staff, who did not wish to be named, said that many nationalist workers are angry that the work is being carried out at F.G Wilson’s on the Springfield Road.

“It has come to my attention that F.G Wilson’s are doing work for the MOD, we are currently building canopies for generators,” he said.

The worker said that he has never been told by management where the generators are destined for or who the work is being carried out for.

The worker also said he is afraid to approach management with his fears in case he is sacked. “The majority of Catholics who work there will be annoyed to find out that this work is going on. I only found out about this last week and the majority of people I approached about it didn’t know what was going on. There are many people in West Belfast who have had family members killed by the security forces and will be angry about this. It seems to be the case that the workers are not being told and they are trying to ship this through before too many questions are asked.”

When contacted by the Andersonstown News, F.G Wilson refused to confirm or deny that work was being carried out for the MOD.

“As a matter of policy, F.G Wilson does not make comment on individual customer orders,” said a spokesperson. “We have a process in place for employees to raise concerns and whenever this happens we are happy to discuss these concerns on an individual basis with them.”

Journalist:: Roisin Cox

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