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Tax office jobs must be saved - McLaughlin

7 August, 2014 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said jobs must be saved at a tax offices in Derry, Enniskillen and Newry. 

The Foyle MLA said; 

"Sinn Féin has been campaigning on behalf of staff at the Derry tax office on Duncreggan Road whose jobs are under threat. 

"My party colleagues Conor Murphy and Michelle Gildernew met with the British government treasury minister in March to raise concerns about the impact of job losses. 

"Sinn Féin has also met with the Equality Commission in Belfast to discuss our concerns about the possible loss of these jobs. And we will be meeting the new treasury minister in the coming weeks to discuss this issue. 

"This is clearly an equality issue. These offices in Derry, Newry and Enniskillen are in nationalist areas and employ predominantly women. 

"Loss of these jobs would have a disproportionate impact on women in nationalist areas. 

"As well as the impact job losses would have on staff, it would also lead to a reduction in services for local people with concerns over personal tax. 

"Staff has been told there may be opportunities for redeployment. The reality is those opportunities are extremely limited as this is a London-controlled service, so staff would not be able to transfer into the civil service in the North. 

"This is another example of the British government trying to target disadvantaged areas while seeking to protect the greater London area and the south of England where there are greater opportunities for the redeployment of staff. 

"These job cuts must be resisted and Sinn Féin will continue to support staff at the local centres to ensure the posts and service remains in place." 

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