Derry City Council may strike over lay offs

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Derry City Council employees will take to the streets today in opposition to planned lay offs by the local authority.

NIPSA members employed by Derry City Council have voted unanimously to commence a statutory ballot to include strike action and action short of strike action following the decision by council management to proceed with compulsory redundancies.

NIPSA is organising a demonstration at Derry City Council offices, Strand Road, today at 1pm to highlight of opposition to the move which will see several senior managers lose their jobs.

NIPSA HQ Official, Alan Law has called for Derry city councillors to back the workers. “NIPSA has been demanding that management withdraw the redundancy notices and embark on negotiations to resolve this dispute, a formal request was made to make a presentation to the council’s Staff Committee but this was turned down by Town Clerk – Sharon O’Connor.

“We are calling on Councillors who have contacted NIPSA to voice their opposition to the redundancies to demand a stop to these plans. NIPSA has requested an assurance that there will be no more compulsory redundancies, however Ms O’Connor has refused to give this commitment”

Several senior staff have been handed notice of redundancy in recent weeks.

The move is part of the ongoing restructuring of the local authority under the Transforming Derry City Council programme.