DVA jobs must stay in North West - MLA

SDLP Minister Mark H Durkan and East Derry MLA John Dalat with DVA workers at STormont on Tuesday. (2709sj70)
SDLP Minister Mark H Durkan and East Derry MLA John Dalat with DVA workers at STormont on Tuesday. (2709sj70)

Under threat DVA workers in Coleraine have received unanimous all-party Assembly support; a move which East Derry MLA John Dallat says shows politicians have had enough of “efficiency savings”.

Currently, there is a fight to save some 300 jobs in Coleraine being transferred to Swansea.

Mr. Dallat said the jobs must be secured in Northern Ireland.

“I do not accept the argument made that in order to deliver electronic services for motorists here; those services must be managed in Wales,” said Mr. Dallat. “DVA locally outperforms all other government departments in terms of customer satisfaction. The all-party support is a clear message that every party member and independent member of this house has had enough. Our patience is exhausted with the haemorrhaging of public service jobs from Northern Ireland to shore up political support for a coalition government, which has a clear intention of destroying the public sector and dressing it up as ‘efficiency savings. These jobs are too important to this region.”