MLAs unite to stop job losses

Assembly members from Sinn Féin and the SDLP have joined forces to call for no compulsory redundancies at the North West Regional College.

In a joint statement issued by Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney and the SDLP’s Pat Ramsey and Pól Callaghan, the MLAs called for talks between the Further Education Minister, Arlene Foster, and the College’s Board of Governors.

The call comes amid fears that many lecturers and staff at the College could lose their jobs in the coming months.

The Assembly members said: “We are aware that a large number of teaching staff at the College have recently received letters warning them of the prospect of redundancies at the campus by next summer.”

They also warned that any reduction in staff levels would impact on students as well.

“We would obviously be very concerned at any redundancies, both in terms of the impact on the staff themselves and the service to students. We will be seeking meetings with the Minister and the College’s Board of Governors to discuss this situation.

“All possible steps should be taken to avoid compulsory redundancies and if savings need to be made then the College management should ensure that every possible alternative is exhausted before any member of staff is made redundant.

“The College is a vital resource for the entire North West, not only in terms of up-skilling our young people but also within the community outreach work which it is involved in,” they said.