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Adams Backs Falls Depot Workers

9 September, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams and Paul Maskey MLA yesterday visited the Falls Bus Depot and met with shop stewards and workers.

There are deep concerns by worjkers about the future of the depot and threatened job losses.

Speaking afterward Mr. Adams said:

“We had a very good and informative meeting with the shop stewards and workers in the Falls depot.

Paul Maskey and I pledged our full support for the workers.

I welcome Translink’s statement that the future of the Falls depot is secure. However there is also the very important issue of the capacity of the Falls depot and the impact job losses would have for its future viability.

Sinn Féin believes that the capacity of the depot should not be decreased in any way and on the contrary that it should be increased.

The workers have brought forward their own proposals in respect of this which deserve careful consideration by management.”

The west Belfast MP added:

“There is no complaint about the quality of work carried out at the depot, which I saw for myself during my tour of the facility. The workers are highly skilled. It is also a mixed workforce and they take great pride in the fact that even through the darkest days of the conflict there were always excellent relationships on the site.

It is Sinn Féin’s intention to bring forward questions to the DRD Minister on the situation within Translink and at the Falls depot.

Paul Maskey has already met the Minister on this issue and the workers will be meeting with Conor Murphy in around one week.

I will also be writing to the DSD Minister Alex Attwood to ask him to give a reassurance to the workers in the depot about DSD’s interest in the site. A consultative paper produced by that department suggested that the depot site was being earmarked by it for housing.” CRÍOCH

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