Northern Ireland

110 posts to go at Roads Service

More than 100 posts are to go at the Roads Service in Northern Ireland, the UNITE union has said.

The union said Roads Service had confirmed to them that 110 unfilled and vacant posts had been "withdrawn".

Gareth Scott of UNITE said the move showed that cuts were happening in the public sector by stealth.

In April, the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) said that all departments within the NI Executive were assessing staff levels.

Roads Service Direct wrote to Mr Scott and said the organisation was carrying out cost-cutting measures.

As well as not filling vacant posts, UNITE has said temporary contracts for industrial staff will be terminated, the Carrickfergus, Ballycastle and Cookstown depots will closed and overtime working will be reduced.

"This loss of these 110 jobs is just the beginning and eventually this will result in a severe loss in local services to the general public," said Mr Scott.

"This level of cuts will affect the amount of work that can be done and most likely result in jobs being delayed or put on the back burner.

"The current government policy will result in fewer jobs in the economy; reduced services and even greater delays in infrastructure maintenance."

A spokersperson for the Roads Service said resources would be "re-directed to ensure delivery of high priority frontline services is unaffected".

He also said that the closed depots would almagated into new combined section offices and would "not result in any job losses or impact on the front line services provided".

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