Gardiner concerned over redundancies

Alderman Samuel Gardiner

Alderman Samuel Gardiner

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The scale of possible civil service redundancies has been quizzed by UUP MLA Sam Gardiner.

Mr Gardiner questioned First Minister Peter Robinson on the issue and said: “Over 120,000 people in Northern Ireland are employed in the civil service and when the First Minister announced recently that a voluntary redundancy scheme was to be rolled out across the civil service here with a view to saving £160 million a year, I knew that we needed clarification on this sensitive matter.”

He went on “I had a concern the Treasury would order compulsory redundancies... if the voluntary redundancy scheme failed to save the £160 million projected.”

The First Minister said he did not think anyone was talking about compulsory redundancy.