West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Fears over future of Omagh Jobs

Published: 9 May, 2012

There are fears that a 'review' within the Housing Executive will lead to Job losses in the Omagh area for the Housing Executive. Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald who raised her fears at a meeting of the Omagh District Councils Environmental services meeting on Tuesday night said there are fears that the review of operations, which is ongoing presently, is another way of bringing possible job losses to the Housing Executive operation in the Omagh area. Speaking on the issue councillor Fitzgerald said: "This review I fear is coded language for job losses in the Omagh operation of the Housing Executive. The Housing Executive in Omagh has proved itself to be a very capable and effective public service locally. Should any job cuts be implemented in this operation it could have dire consequences for workers and users alike and furthermore create huge concern. Indeed any job losses or relocation of jobs would work against the Bain proposals on the Decentralisation of public sector jobs which was released a few years ago. "Whilst I can recognised the need to make savings and efficiencies I don't believe this can be made by axing jobs and services from the Housing Executive branch in Omagh, which has become a central hub for the Housing Executive. Moreover the local Omagh office has been acknowledged as one of the best performing Housing Executive branches in the north. This has seen the accounts department locally recognised at the top performing department across the north for the last three years "We as a council have written to the minister to seek a meeting with him whilst also outlining our opposition to any proposed job losses or relocations. Additionally we have called for a meeting with the Unions to ensure that local jobs are protected within the Housing Executive.