NIHE staff in protest at plan to scrap body

The NIPSA protest outside the Northern Ireland Housing Executive offices at Richmond Chambers yesterday. DER4813JM015

The NIPSA protest outside the Northern Ireland Housing Executive offices at Richmond Chambers yesterday. DER4813JM015

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Under threat Housing Executive staff from Derry are taking their fight against plans to abolish the body to Stormont next week.

Derry NIHE employees are urging local MLAs to stand with them in opposition to proposals to dismantle the body.

Staff and supporters yesterday took part in the latest of a series of protests at plans unveiled by DSD Minister Nelson McCausland in January.

NIPSA members with the support of fellow union representatives from Unison, Unite and UCATT were joined by political representatives and local tenant’s associations in Derry’s Diamond at lunchtime yesterday.

One senior Housing Executive employee, told the ‘Journal’: “We’re going to Stormont next week to meet with MLAs who are willing to listen to our views.

“All we want to do is raise awareness of the situation.

“He said that Mr McCausland was “undermining and dismantling” the body.

He added: “There has been a total disregard for the stakeholders, the 90,000 HE tenants.”