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Around 90 jobs set to go at NIE amid 'efficiency' plans

By John Mulgrew

Around 90 jobs are set to go at Northern Ireland Electricity amid “efficiency” plans across the business.

NIE has said it has been in discussions with trade unions “on a number of measures to drive operating efficiency within its business and to deliver a good value service to all electricity customers”.

It said this “includes proposals to reduce the number of job roles by 90 across the business”.

Trade union GMB says it has been advised by senior management within NIE that it will be entering into a 30 day consultation regarding reductions in its workforce.

The company employs around 1,250 workers.

Alan Perry, GMB regional organiser, said it is bad news for the Northern Ireland workforce.

"However we are hopeful that during the consultation process a number of these job roles will be delivered through non pay roll initiatives such as reducing the time customers are without power.

"This is a very worrying and stressful time for our members especially on the back of the recent announcement that Kilroot power station is to close.

"GMB and other unions are meeting this week to discuss proposals which may allow staff to leave on a voluntary basis."

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