Northern Ireland

Union to discuss job concerns at Derry City Council

Management and unions are to discuss job concerns over restructuring plans at Derry City Council.

Around 30 jobs are at risk because of plans to cut the number of council departments from seven to three.

Up to 60 employees and union representatives held a protest outside the Guildhall on Monday over the potential job losses.

Derry City Council said it was committed to progressing with the plan, and a consultation process had begun.

Protestors were invited to address councillors at the Guildhall by the Mayor of Derry, Colm Eastwood. He said it was a very difficult process.

"It is important, as councillors, to hear what our own staff are telling us," he said.

"This is about ensuring that we have an efficient service for the ratepayers of this city. It's important that we ensure that everyone is treated properly in this process and I am confident that will happen."

Alan Law, from the union NIPSA, which represents council staff, said the lack of communication with members had been "disgraceful".

"If the council was confident of the proposals it would have come to the union months ago. Staff only got letters on Saturday, telling them their jobs were at risk. No one has had the opportunity to examine these proposals."