Nazareth House care home staff worried about job losses

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Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has raised concerns about the future of jobs at the Nazareth House care home in Bishop Street.

Colr. Logue said she had been contacted by a number of members of staff at the home who are worried about the potential of job losses.

The cityside councillor added: “I have been contacted by a number of workers at Nazareth House who have serious concerns about their long-term future there.”

Colr. Logue called on the chief executive of the home to meet with staff members to address their concerns as soon as possible.

“The staff I have spoken to have said morale there is very low at the minute. Many workers have fears over lay-offs, and are seeking clarification on what criteria is being used for redundancies.

“I have asked for the scoring matrix that is been used to lay off staff over a week ago. This has not been supplied yet. I have also requested that chief executive John O’Mahoney meets all staff and explains their full position and what plans they have for the future,” she said.

Colr. Logue said anyone worried about the future of their job should seek expert advice. “Nazareth House is a very valued and long established part of the Derry community and the residents, their families, staff and the Sisters have a right to know the intentions of the Nazareth management in Derry. With the economic downturn this is a very worrying time for workers across many sectors. They are unsure over their rights and what employment laws there are. I would urge anyone who finds themselves in this position to seek advice.”