Murphy meets Treasury Minister about loss of 134 Newry jobs
A delegation of four Irish MP’s met with Treasury Minister David Gauke on Wednesday 15th January to raise concerns regarding proposed HMRC job losses in Newry, Derry and Enniskillen.
Following the meeting, which was held in Westminster, Conor Murphy Newry Armagh MP commented, “I and my colleagues Michelle Gildernew, Margaret Ritchie and Mark Durkan convened a joint meeting with Treasury Minister David Gauke in order to impress upon him the determination that these job cuts will not be introduced in our constituencies.
“Sinn Féin has met with staff and union reps on this issue and we support their assertions that these proposed cuts are unfair and not in line with equality impact assessments.
“I understand that Minister Gauke must make cutbacks across the HMRC but the effects of what he is proposing for the North are disproportionately detrimental to the local economy here. Losing over 100 jobs from Newry would have a huge knock on effect in terms of local trade and the service industries.
Murphy added, “I am currently arranging to meet the local staff and their union representatives to brief them on the outcome of this meeting. I am prepared to do everything possible to ensure the retention of these positions in the North.”
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