A LOCAL union representative has said there are feelings of "anger, hurt" and devastation" amongst BT staff following last week's worrying announcement. 

Joe Fee, branch Chair of the Communications Workers Union (CWU), was speaking following a public meeting at the Westville Hotel on Tuesday night, which saw more than 200 attendees. 

Mr. Fee said the recent announcement from the telecoms giant - which employs more than 300 staff locally - has left families "fearing for the future".

"There are feelings of anger, hurt, devastation and fear for the future amongst the staff," he said. 

"The meeting allowed everyone the opportunity to raise questions about their options and also to detail their experience with how the news was delivered to them and their personal feelings over the past days."

Mr. Fee continued: "The support from local trade unionists, politicians and the Press was very much appreciated from the staff in Enniskillen.

"Our CWU President [Karen Rose] and National Officer  [Stephen Albon] stressed to our members how they will be doing everything they can with BT to resolve this situation. 

"Those in attendance were also spirited to hear from our local politicians on how they were united to help keep these jobs in Enniskillen."