Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Pat Ramsey Pat Ramsey Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:00 pm, 12th March 2013

That is an issue that is being progressed through the Assembly's management team and trade union side.  They have been involved in a series of discussions since the publication of the business efficiency review report on security and usher services in March 2012.  Those discussions have proved productive, and both sides have outlined their position in relation to the report’s recommendations.  Trade union side has indicated that it is broadly content with the recommendation to establish a team of staff to co-operate with the Assembly’s control team. 

I understand that progress, through the consultation, has been ongoing in relation to the proposal to amalgamate security officers and ushers.  There are some outstanding issues, and further discussions are planned for this week between trade union side and senior management to try to reconcile and resolve any further difficulties.