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Embassies: Redundancy

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies of Irish employees are planned at the British embassy in Dublin; and if he will make a statement. (187249)

Three compulsory redundancies were made recently at our embassy in Dublin, as a result of UK Trade and Investment's (UKTI) wider restructuring of their global network in line with their new strategic priorities.

Our embassy and Unite, acting on behalf of the embassy's local Staff Association, reached a mutually satisfactory agreement on the consequences for staff of the restructuring of the UKTI section.