MPs to press British Treasury over workers facing redundancy

November 25, 2013

Sinn Féin MPs Conor Murphy and Michelle Gildernew intend to travel to Westminster to argue the case for workers set to lose their jobs at Customs & Excise Offices  in the North.

Newry & Armagh MP Conor Murphy said:

“This has come out of the blue for the workers with 134 people set to lose their jobs in Newry as well as workers employed in Enniskillen and Derry.

“Both myself and Councillor Charlie Casey have met with some of the workers and they have been told they have to agree to a voluntary exit scheme by the 18th December and are adamant there is no opportunity for redeployment.

“Customs & Excise is controlled by the British Treasury at Westminster and we have been in touch with SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan who will travel with us to Westminster to press Minister David Gauke to reconsider this move.

“”This is part of a broader move by the British Government to look after the Tories base in the south of England with job loses also scheduled for Scotland and the north of England.”

Fermanagh & South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew said:

“The border constituencies can ill-afford to lose more jobs. It is clearly bad news for the workers in the different offices but also, as with all job loses, will have a knock on affect for the local economy.

“We will be meeting with the workers involved to find out further details of what is on offer for them and what we can do to assist.”