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70 posts shifted to Coleraine in bid to offset DVA job losses

The DVA Driver and Vehicle Licensing offices for Northern Ireland at County Hall in Coleraine

The DVA Driver and Vehicle Licensing offices for Northern Ireland at County Hall in Coleraine

The Department of the Environment is to move 70 civil service posts to Coleraine to lessen the impact of job losses.

Around 300 positions will be shed, most in the Co Londonderry town, when motor tax services are moved to Swansea on 21 July.

Environment Minister Mark Durkan urged other ministerial colleagues to help find work for those being laid off.

He 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.”

A total of 50 vacant posts at his department will be filled by DVA workers in Coleraine. Another 20 staff will relocate from Belfast to the town to help lessen the impact on the local economy of the job losses.

Mr Durkan also said he was working with the UK minister for transport to secure 12 additional new jobs, funded by Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea.

Ryan McKinney, an assistant secretary at the union NIPSA, called on other Stormont departments to follow suit.

He said “The DOE minister is clearly doing his bit but we need all Executive ministers to pull together.

“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.”

 

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