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Minister announces an extension to the appointment of the Chair of the Labour Relations Agency

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry , has announced an extension to the appointment of Mr Jim McCusker as Chair of the Labour Relations Agency (LRA), with effect from 1 February 2014 to 31 July 2014 (six months).

The LRA aims to be the leading organisation in Northern Ireland for improving employment relations, by providing impartial and independent services for promoting good employment practices, and preventing and resolving disputes.

Mr McCusker has over 35 years of full time involvement in employee relations as a trade union official. He was previously General Secretary of the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance, the largest trade union in Northern Ireland representing 40,000 members in the civil, public and voluntary sectors. He was a member of the Board of the Labour Relations Agency from 2003 to 2008, when he was appointed chair.

Mr McCusker does not currently hold any other public appointments and has not been involved in any political activity during his previous term as chair.

Note to editors:

1. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments NI Code of Practice.

2. The post is pensionable. The rate of remuneration is £23,950 per annum, based on two days’ work per week. 

3. The Board of the LRA has corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Agency fulfils its aims and objectives contained in its Corporate and Business Plans approved by the Department, and for promoting the efficient use of resources by the Agency. 

4. The Code of Practice requires that all public appointments of appointees, including remuneration are made public.

5. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Northern Ireland requires that the political activity of appointees be published.

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