Sinn Féin MP’s Conor Murphy and Michelle Gildernew will participate in a Joint Delegation with Mark Durkan and Margaret Ritchie to meet with Tory Minister, David Gauke in London tomorrow (Wednesday) in an effort to stop HMRC redundancies in Derry, Enniskillen and Newry.
Conor Murphy MP (Newry/Armagh) said,
“Given that the job losses affect Derry, Enniskillen and Newry, myself and Michelle Gildernew contacted fellow MPs Mark Durkan and Margaret Ritchie to arrange a joint meeting with Treasury Minister David Gauke who is responsible for HMRC. The Public and Commercial Services Union, which is representing the staff, are supportive of this joint approach.
“The meeting is now confirmed for Wednesday in London and we are hopeful that Mr Gauke will take on board the devastating effect that such numbers of job losses would have on the local economies of these already disadvantaged areas.
“Responsibility for Revenue and Customs remains with the Westminster government, therefore it is imperative that we approach this issue with a strong, united and agreed strategy. If we are to influence the decision makers at Westminster to ensure these plans are reversed then we must speak with one voice.”
Michelle Gildernew MP, (Fermanagh/South Tyrone) added:
“Any Office closures or redundancies will affect border constituencies in a disproportionate manner and it is possible that women and part time workers will also be disproportionately affected. Revenue and Customs employs in excess of 20,000 staff so there is no reason why these planned redundancies could not have been absorbed by the whole organization through natural attrition.
“Sinn Féin will use this opportunity to press Minister Gauke to explore other ways of achieving the desired efficiencies that will not necessitate such savage job losses.” CRÍOCH