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Union: certainty is needed for council staff, not counselling classes

BY NOEL MCADAM

Special counselling classes for council staff would be unnecessary if Stormont gave assurances about their future, the main civil service union has warned.

The Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance insisted local government employees have felt frozen out of the reform of public administration process for years.

Nipsa assistant secretary Bumper Graham said he hoped to see recent assurances from the SDLP's Mark H Durkan, the minister overseeing the massive shake-up, translate into action.

"We are pressing for early information about that because staff have been working under a cloud for years when a former Secretary of State (Peter Hain) said it would be a short, sharp process," Mr Graham added.

His warning came after the Belfast Telegraph revealed the special courses in 'emotional resilience' are being made available in the 26 councils which are to be merged into 11 in May.

Mr Graham said: "What we want to see is people being assured about their futures. If this was done there wouldn't be any need for a lot of this other stuff."

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