70 DOE jobs transferred to Coleraine

Published Tuesday, 03 June 2014
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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has identified 70 civil servant posts within his department which will be transferred to Coleraine.

70 DOE jobs transferred to Coleraine
Mark H Durkan announced 70 jobs for Coleraine. (© UTV)

Over 300 DVA jobs will be lost throughout Northern Ireland, but primarily in the Co Londonderry town, when motor tax services are centralised to Swansea on Monday 21 July.

The Minister's announcement comes after he reviewed any potential posts within the Department of Environment that could offset these losses.

Over 50 posts transferring from Belfast will go to DVA staff in Coleraine. A further 20 staff will relocate to Coleraine, which will help to lessen the impact on the local economy, after the Westminster government announced in March that it was centralising all our vehicle licensing services in Swansea.

Mr Durkan is also working with the Minister for Transport in London to secure 12 additional new jobs, funded by Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea.

He is also moving existing filled posts in DOE to Londonderry to further boost the local economy.

I continue to work closely with my Executive colleagues to try and ensure other government departments will now make up the shortfall.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan

The Minister said: "The loss of hundreds of DVA jobs is a devastating blow to the hard working people affected and their families. I pledged to draw a fine comb over my Department to establish as many posts as I could to offset the job losses and lessen the economic impact. 70 jobs from an already dispersed department like the DOE is welcome.

"I am also mindful of the economy in Coleraine and further afield that has been affected by the job losses.

"To that end, I am arranging to relocate 24 posts from DOE Planning, including the chief planner, DOE Marine Division, and some posts from my own Private Office to Ebrington Barracks in Derry. Some of the posts in Derry will be suitable redeployment opportunities for surplus DVA staff."

The SDLP MLA also said he has stressed that Westminster must keep Northern Ireland informed about how the centralised services will operate.

Minister Durkan spoke to DVA staff and supporters at a Stormont rally at lunchtime.

A spokesman for NIPSA, the trade union which represents around 300 DVA workers, welcomed the announcement at the rally.

"The DOE Minister is clearly doing his bit but we need all Executive Ministers to pull together," Ryan McKinney said.

"There have been many rallies, marches and protests at Stormont over the years but rarely does anyone come here with the full support of the house, as appears to be the case on this occasion.

"But we need concrete evidence that that support is material - tea and sympathy won't wash."

© UTV News
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6 Comments
doubler in Belfast wrote (198 days ago):
This is nothing more than a political decision to take established jobs from Belfast and give them to Coleraine. The timespan for transferring these jobs is ridiculously short and what is not mentioned is that Belfast staff were told 10 minutes before the Press Release that this was happening. NIPSA also decided to support this without consulting their members in Belfast either.Guess Coleraine folk are more important than Belfast ones.
Angie in Coleraine wrote (199 days ago):
To Martin DARD's relocation will not happen in time for DVA & Agriculture staff still to reckon in move so don't think issue resolved so simply.
Gerard in Antrim wrote (199 days ago):
Environment minister M.H.Durkan at it again, robbing Peter to pay Paul " you can fool some of the people sometimes but not all of the people all the time" .Will we ever be free of this mans incompetence
bob in Antrim wrote (199 days ago):
to Moira motorist, use a post office to do ur car tax.
Martin in Belfast wrote (199 days ago):
They are already movibg several hundred jobs to the north with relocation of the Dept of Agriculture. Surely thats the DVA staff issue resolved. Why at an expense move more staff
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