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DARD relocation challenged by trade unions


factual

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BBC News - Union may consider legal action over DARD Ballykelly move

The relocation of DARD to Ballykelly has been challenged by the trade unions.

They ask why such a remote spot has been chosen, whether a business case has been made, and an equality impact assessment has been carried out.

This will delay the decision until after next election.

Comment: the relication of DARD to Ballykelly seems undesirable to me. 800 people work in Dard, many in head office. Relocating to Ballykelly seems a very strange place. Ballykelly really is in the middle of nowhere. How can it be of any benefit to put a large important department in the middle of nowhere? This comes at great inconvenience to workers at DARD and will only increase commuting times as people have to go a long distance to get there to work. Keep it in Belfast. Decentralistion has been tried south of the border, with people from outlying areas asking for things to be moved to them. In practice, it has been a failure as those outlying parts are not convenient get to. Ballykelly is barely even a village, with only a few hundred people living there. Moving a big department there makes no sense. Good to see trade unions standing up for workers interests, and in this case, also the general interest.
 


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I would agree to leave DARD where it is ,but ALL new government operations should be spread around the Province.
 

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I would agree to leave DARD where it is ,but ALL new government operations should be spread around the Province.
Good idea, what they did in the south was unforgiveable. They moved parts of departments all over the place, coincidentally where FF ministers resided.
 

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Ballykelly is barely even a village, with only a few hundred people living there. Moving a big department there makes no sense. Good to see trade unions standing up for workers interests, and in this case, also the general interest.
They have a very large army base and they need to do something with it.
 

Fra_south_Derry

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God forbid Belfast people would have to travel outside Glengormley. Is it true they get nose bleeds when they pass Mallusk?

I'm glad to see NISPA represent all workers, not.
 

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Ballykelly is not in the middle of nowhere.
 

InsideImDancing

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Have you tried to figure out how someone using public transport would get there? We need to build more sustainability into job location. This is not public-transport friendly.
The same way someone from Ballykelly would get to Belfast, a bus or a car. Ballykelly's at Limavady, it's close to Derry and it's about 20 mins from an airport, it's hardly the middle of nowhere.

Isn't this a SF initiative? You seem to go against your party consistently for some reason.
 

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The same way someone from Ballykelly would get to Belfast, a bus or a car. Ballykelly's at Limavady, it's close to Derry and it's about 20 mins from an airport, it's hardly the middle of nowhere.

Isn't this a SF initiative? You seem to go against your party consistently for some reason.
Its my personal view. It would be very difficult to get to Ballykelly for most people without using a car.
 

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Its my personal view. It would be very difficult to get to Ballykelly for most people without using a car.
Why? Just jump on a bus!
 

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I really hate this whole decentralisation craic. The Irish government tried doing the same and made an almighty balls of it. There's a reason we have capital cities, to consolidate central government in one location for maximum efficiency. I don't buy this argument that relocating government ministries to the arseholes of nowhere will bring more jobs. In fact the opposite could very well be true with no one willing to relocate and government services taking an inevitable hit in quality of output.
 

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I really hate this whole decentralisation craic. The Irish government tried doing the same and made an almighty balls of it. There's a reason we have capital cities, to consolidate central government in one location for maximum efficiency. I don't buy this argument that relocating government ministries to the arseholes of nowhere will bring more jobs. In fact the opposite could very well be true with no one willing to relocate and government services taking an inevitable hit in quality of output.



Indeed. State Capitol system works fine afaiac.
 

Fra_south_Derry

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I really hate this whole decentralisation craic. The Irish government tried doing the same and made an almighty balls of it. There's a reason we have capital cities, to consolidate central government in one location for maximum efficiency. I don't buy this argument that relocating government ministries to the arseholes of nowhere will bring more jobs. In fact the opposite could very well be true with no one willing to relocate and government services taking an inevitable hit in quality of output.
Belfast is not a capital city for a starter. Nearby Derry is the 4th city of Ireland.
 

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BBC News - Union may consider legal action over DARD Ballykelly move

The relocation of DARD to Ballykelly has been challenged by the trade unions.

They ask why such a remote spot has been chosen, whether a business case has been made, and an equality impact assessment has been carried out.

This will delay the decision until after next election.

Comment: the relication of DARD to Ballykelly seems undesirable to me. 800 people work in Dard, many in head office. Relocating to Ballykelly seems a very strange place. Ballykelly really is in the middle of nowhere. How can it be of any benefit to put a large important department in the middle of nowhere? This comes at great inconvenience to workers at DARD and will only increase commuting times as people have to go a long distance to get there to work. Keep it in Belfast. Decentralistion has been tried south of the border, with people from outlying areas asking for things to be moved to them. In practice, it has been a failure as those outlying parts are not convenient get to. Ballykelly is barely even a village, with only a few hundred people living there. Moving a big department there makes no sense. Good to see trade unions standing up for workers interests, and in this case, also the general interest.
Isn't it a good idea to spread employment round NI? Education was relocated to Bangor.
 

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