Ritchie presses Finance Minister on First Trust jobs

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Friday, April 20th, 2012

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has been given assurances that the cuts to jobs in First Trust bank will be on the agenda at the next North-South Ministerial Council meeting.

Ritchie wrote to the Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson, asking what steps he will take to ensure that the item is pushed to the top of the political agenda at his next meeting with the Irish Finance Minister, given the impact which Allied Irish Bank’s decision to cut jobs in the Irish banking sector will have on First Trust workers in the North.

Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said: “I am glad that the Finance Minister has given an assurance that staffing levels at First Trust Bank will be discussed with his Southern counterpart, Michael Noonan, at their next meeting. Many First Trust workers are extremely anxious and stressed about the detrimental impact of AIB’s decision to cut banking jobs on their livelihoods and they, and their families, need some form of clarity.”

“It is vital that First Trust workers in Northern Ireland are not disproportionately affected by the bank’s restructuring plans. The SDLP will continue to press the bank and the governments North and South to retain jobs for First Trust workers,” she added.

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