Seventy jobs under threat at Derry tax office

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Fears are growing that more than seventy jobs could be lost at Derry’s Revenue and Customs office on the Duncreggan Road.

It is believed that senior management have briefed staff today over a planned voluntary redundancy programme and possible re-location.

It’s suggested that a centralisation of tax jobs could be on the cards.

One member of staff contacted the ‘Journal’ that they were told that around 60 staff in the Personal Tax operation are affected and that the operation in Derry is to be wound down in the medium to long term. Other sources have suggested that seventy-seven jobs will go locally.

SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood said the announcement is a “devastating blow to the highly-skilled and committed staff at Duncreggan Road”.

“Redundancies are always unwelcome, but redundancies at Christmas are without doubt the worst.

“I call on the Treasury Minister responsible for HMRC, David Gauke, to rethink this decision given the financial impact it will have on our already fragile economy in the North West.”

Mr Eastwood called on the Executive to “step up to the plate” and lobby the Treasury Ministers in Whitehall to protect the Derry posts.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney said it is “a very concerning development”.

“We have been contacted by a number of workers worried about their future. We will be seeking an urgent meeting with workers and management to clarify the situation,” he said.