SDLP Strabane Councillor Patsy Kelly has called on the Housing Executive to clarify the details of a maintenance contract to ensure that local workers’ jobs are safeguarded.
Colr. Kelly was speaking after TK Murphy recently won a Housing Executive maintenance contract.
Another company, Robinson and Ferry, had previously held the contract.
Colr. Kelly believes that a proposal to transfer workers’ jobs from one company to another could be a win-win situation but is being hindered by the lack of clarity over the permanency of the maintenance contract.
“There have been concerns in Strabane in the recent past over the growing list of outstanding maintenance work in the district. The contract has now passed onto TK Murphy,” said Colr. Kelly.
“I have been contacted by a number of workers from Robinson and Ferry, which held the previous maintenance contract, who have expressively asked if they could be taken on-board by TK Murphy to work on the new contract.
“I have contacted the company and put the suggestion to them and hope there will be a favourable outcome for everybody, whereby the company is receiving experienced and ready workers to start on the back-log of maintenance work and local workers’ job are safeguarded.
“TK Murphy has indicated that it would be willing to accept this proposal but cannot at present, as they say the Housing Executive has not awarded the company a permanent contract.
“Therefore, I’m calling on the Housing Executive to clarify the length of the contract with TK Murphy and clarify what maintenance work is to be carried out. By doing this, the Housing Executive would be freeing up the ability of TK Murphy to take on the jobs of those Robinson and Ferry workers who worked on the previous contract.”