COUNCILLORS have voted unanimously to take the fight to save jobs at Strabane’s Social Security office directly to Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland.
Elected representatives backed a motion last Wednesday to send a delegation to Stormont to confront Mr McCausland head on.
Staff from Strabane’s Social Security packed into the public gallery at Council to hear plans to reduce the workforce from 47 to just ten opposed. From September three services, Jobseekers, Income Support and Social Fund, will all be shifted to Derry.
Across all-parties, councillors vented their anger at the plans and backed a motion to send a delegation to Stormont to confront Nelson McCausland directly.
Putting forward the proposal was Sinn Féin’s Michelle McMackin. She described the decision to cut the local workforce as “absolutely disgraceful”.
“There is a clear lack of joined up thinking here and we need to show that we won’t be shying away from a fight. Because this will be a fight,” Cllr McMackin said.