‘No compulsory job cuts as a result of council merger’

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There will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the merger of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councils, it has been confirmed.

Responding to concerns that jobs could be at risk in the lead up to the formation the new super council, officials at Mossley Mill have given an assurance that the Antrim and Newtownabbey Statutory Transition Committee is “committed to a policy of no compulsory redundancies.”

While some jobs have been designated ‘at risk’ - those that may be replicated when the two local authorities merge - and some members of staff may have to compete for their existing roles, council officials have stressed that safeguards are in place to ensure no compulsory lay-offs.

Speaking about the situation, Jacqui Dixon, Chief Executive of Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council, commented: “We have a dedicated and experienced staff who will continue to provide essential services to our residents as we work through the merger of the two councils. We are engaging fully with our staff to ensure everyone is up to speed with the progress on the merger.”