NIPSA reps say they hope for progress in redundancy row

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NIPSA members at Derry City Council say they’re still hopeful of a positive outcome to the ongoing dispute over the threat of compulsory redundancies.

Union representative Alan Law and George Meenan, chair of the NIPSA branch at Derry City Council, addressed the monthly meeting of Council on Tuesday in the Guildhall to raise their concerns over plans to cut staff as part of a shake-up at the local authority.

Three staff members have been told they are risk of compulsory redundancy and members of NIPSA at Derry City Council have taken part in industrial action in a bid to block the move.

Sinn Féin and DUP members of the Council’s staff committee left the chamber during the presentation but SDLP members remained.

Mr Meenan told councillors that other options other than job losses are available. “We’re confident that with proper consultation and dialogue that we can work towards a positive outcome.

“We believe there are other options and hopefully we will make some progress in the next few days.

“We believe we can reach a conclusion to this process without any more stress to those subjected to those compulsory redundancies,” he said.