Engie gives assurances over NIHE deal
The French firm taking over Housing Executive contracts previously held by collapsed construction giant Carillion has released details of the deal.
Engie will provide heating maintenance services for around 38,000 properties across Northern Ireland and building maintenance services for some 22,000 of those properties. The proposed sale of the contracts to Engie was first revealed by the Belfast Telegraph two weeks ago.
As part of the agreement, Engie will offer all employees working on these contracts a role with equivalent terms and conditions to their current position.
The finalised deal will be completed following a formal transfer process.
Wilfrid Petrie, chief executive of Engie in the UK & Ireland, said: "We are delighted to be taking on these contracts and ensuring that important maintenance services will continue to be delivered to thousands of homes in Northern Ireland.
"Our extensive experience in providing property services will enable us to partner effectively with the Housing Executive, delivering high quality service to residents as well as guaranteeing continued employment for the employees on the contracts."
Engie is a multi-national company that employs more than 17,000 people in the UK and Ireland.
However, Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin said the Housing Executive's decision to give its Carillion contracts to another multi-national company was a "missed opportunity".
"In doing so, the Housing Executive is replicating the risks associated with Carillion," she said.
"Rather than outsourcing the maintenance of its housing stock, the Housing Executive should bring it back in-house by expanding its direct labour force."
Accountancy firm PwC, which dealt with the sale of the contracts, said it had no comment to make on the deal.