Derry’s MP has voiced concern over the possibility of redundancies at one of the city’s biggest IT companies.
Mark Durkan says workers facing redundancy at Fujitsu’s Strand Road base because of the IT company’s plans to restructure must be “made aware of all their rights and entitlements at what will be a time of great anxiety and uncertainty”.
The Sunday Journal exclusively revealed that up to 20 positions are at risk at Fujitsu’s Derry operation.
The company, which employs 189 workers in the city, says restructuring “is a normal part of business as we maintain efficiency and effectiveness and provide the best value for our customers”.
Around 20 staff in the company’s Business Application Services (BAS) division are at risk, the ‘Journal’ understands.
The company entered into a 30 day consultation process with all affected employees on February 20. The extent of job losses at the Derry site will be known after that process is complete.
Mr Durkan says the potential for job losses is very worrying.
“This news will be very concerning for Fujitsu workers and their families,” he says.
“The decision by the company to restructure its global operations is purely a response to market conditions and no comment on the aptitude or skills of the Derry workforce.
“If, unfortunately, Fujitsu cannot guarantee employment for its current staff as part of their restructuring process, it is important that all relevant agencies become involved in order to ensure workers are made aware of all their rights and entitlements at what will be a time of great anxiety and uncertainty.”
Fujitsu arrived in Derry in 2007, establishing a ‘Managed IT Services Centre of Excellence’ at Timber Quay as part of an £18 million investment - funded to the tune of £5.65m by Invest NI - which also saw almost 100 jobs created in Belfast.