Ex-Wrightbus worker vows company will be ‘best busbuilder in the world again’

Ex-Wrightbus worker vows company will be ‘best busbuilder in the world again’

A former Wrightbus worker has vowed the company will be the “best bus company in the world”.

There were celebrations at the gates of the Ballymena plant on Friday morning as news emerged that a deal to save the troubled bus builder had moved a step closer.

Some of the workers told the PA news agency that they have already got other jobs but returned to stand in solidarity with their former colleagues as they waited for news.

Former Wrightbus worker Steve McMaster spoke of his delight as news that a deal to save the company has moved a step closer (Rebecca Black/PA)
Former Wrightbus worker Steve McMaster spoke of his delight as news that a deal to save the company has moved a step closer (Rebecca Black/PA)

Steve McMaster who has worked for Wrightbus for 42 years said the company will “once again be the best bus company in the world”.

“This has been one of the best days of my life in this company, I want to say three main things, I want to thank Mr (Jo) Bamford especially for sticking with us, I’ll promise him now we will be back again to be the best bus company in the world, I’ll promise him that,” he said.

“Number two, I would like to thank the union for sticking with us too, and number three, the most important, the men, my workmates stuck together here and their families and the Ballymena people stuck together, I want to thank them all.”

Former Wrightbus worker Robert Beckett said he is looking forward to hopefully getting back to work (Rebecca Black/PA)
Former Wrightbus worker Robert Beckett said he is looking forward to hopefully getting back to work (Rebecca Black/PA)

Robert Beckett said he is looking forward to hopefully getting back to work.

“I am over the moon, really really looking forward to hopefully all of us getting back to work,” he said.

“It’s great news for my family for us to be getting back to what we do best – building buses.

“It’s been a long couple of weeks, stressful, but hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Fred Hill said the mood among the ex workers has lifted (Rebecca Black/PA)
Fred Hill said the mood among the ex workers has lifted (Rebecca Black/PA)

Meanwhile Fred Hill said the mood has transformed from gloom on Thursday.

“It was a depressing day yesterday, very frustrating, today the sun is shining, mood is changed and we have had good news,” he said.

“There is going to be a meeting in the showgrounds on Monday, and maybe hear a bit more information about the numbers getting back to work.

“This means a lot to the people here, and I’d like to thank the people of Ballymena because the local community have been absolutely first class in their support for the workers here, they support us day in and day out, sent us food, messages of support, it’s been absolutely fantastic.”

More on this topic

Taoiseach to raise outcome of citizenship case with Boris JohnsonTaoiseach to raise outcome of citizenship case with Boris Johnson

Children of the Troubles: Exclusive extracts unveil story of two forgotten child victims of conflict Children of the Troubles: Exclusive extracts unveil story of two forgotten child victims of conflict

Compensating victims of historic abuse in the North ‘remains a big priority’Compensating victims of historic abuse in the North ‘remains a big priority’

Man held over patient abuse claims at hospital in Co AntrimMan held over patient abuse claims at hospital in Co Antrim

More in this Section

EOn to cut between 500 and 600 jobs in UKEOn to cut between 500 and 600 jobs in UK

How does the Pixel 4 compare to the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10?How does the Pixel 4 compare to the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10?

Transport and Brexit top worry listTransport and Brexit top worry list

Limerick waste-to-energy firm sues heat exchange system supplierLimerick waste-to-energy firm sues heat exchange system supplier


Lifestyle

To instantly power up your look, veer towards the hard shoulder.Bold shoulder: How to instantly power up your look

Plums are a wonderful autumn fruit, useful for all sorts of recipes both sweet and savoury. In Ireland we are blessed with wonderfully sweet plums.Currabinny Cooks: Juicy plums work for both sweet and savoury dishes

The rise of home skincare devices doesn't mean that salons and clinics no longer serve a purpose.The Skin Nerd: Don’t try this at home — new treatments in the salon

Millions of gamers watched Fortnite reach breaking point on Sunday night, with ten seasons of mysterious storyline culminating in meteors hitting the island and everything disappearing.GameTech: End of beginning for Fortnite as Chapter 2 finally goes live

More From The Irish Examiner