With the global economic crisis impacting local employers this week, FG Wilson, Seagate and Nortel were among those making announcements the week ended with Employment Minister Sir Reg Empey warning that up to 20,000 jobs could go in Northern Ireland .
Given that there were 550 job losses this week alone, this could be an under-estimate at best. Empey warned that by 2010 the unemployment rate could be as high as 50,000.
So, when things are tough its time to see Gordon Brown. Empey, together with the First and deputy First Ministers are off to beg the PM to, in the words of the employment minister, show a sense of compassion.
They’ll also be asking for help in the Presbyterian Mutual Society crisis.
The shopping/wish list gets bigger, but will Brown be impressed?