MLC welcomes NWRC move

Pat Ramsey MLA
Pat Ramsey MLA

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has welcomed the news that the Department of Employment and Learning is to carry out an independent investigation into employment relations at the North West Regional College.

Mr Ramsey said: “I want to welcome the announcement from the Minister that the Department of Employment and Learning will carry out an external, independent review into employment relations at the College. The long drawn-out dispute within the College has been traumatic for staff and I am glad that the underlying issues are to be properly investigated.

“The hardship and stress incurred by members of staff is something that should never be repeated and this is acknowledged by the Minister in his letter to Committee members, as well as the recognition that poor relations between UCU members and management contributed to poor communication in relation to the rationale for redundancies in the College that sparked this dispute.

“I have been working alongside stakeholders for almost two years to help resolve this pressing issue within my constituency, and I will continue to push for robust terms of reference for any investigation to ensure that we get to the bottom of the employment relations issues and tackle them in a transparent manner.”