Future of DVA workers must be made clear

13 05 2014

 SDLP Reps at DVA Rally

SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat has accompanied a NIPSA delegation to meet the Head of the Northern Civil Service, Dr Malcolm McKibbin, to discuss the future of DVA workers in Coleraine.

 Speaking after the meeting, Mr Dallat said:

 “Given that the DVA workers now know their computers will be closed down on 11 July, I regarded this meeting as crucial to understanding what is happening to the future of the 285 DVA workers who may find themselves in an intolerable situation where they will be coming to work for the next six months with nothing to do and no future to look forward to.  That simply isn’t acceptable.

 “I believe the case was put very robustly by the NIPSA representatives and I was happy to endorse their accounts of shattered morale, a feeling of being let down by the DVLA in Swansea and no support from the government at Westminster.  I regret that no other party political representatives were able to attend to emphasise the high level of solidarity that exists for these workers but I will endeavour to keep them informed.

 “Obviously I will monitor closely any progress made by the Northern Ireland Civil Service to absorb as many of these jobs as possible. I look forward to a report from them being placed before the Assembly outlining what can be done to minimise the serious impact this closedown will have on the individuals and on the community as a whole.

 “I am pleased that the Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan is working with the Minister for Finance and Personnel Simon Hamilton and hopefully the outcome of their involvement will influence the decisions that the Executive must take on 29 May when they next meet.

 “It is indeed ironic that the workers have been asked to work overtime which can’t be easy given the inevitable result of their endeavours.”

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