Employment and Learning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance 2:30 pm, 12th March 2013

The McConnell report confirms that there has been a significant breakdown in industrial relations at the North West Regional College.  It is essential that changes are put in place to rebuild trust between management, staff and the unions.  The report’s recommendations present a challenge for everyone involved.  They entail a long-term programme of confidence building, as well as some immediate steps to improve relationships.  The recommendations require a change of attitude, behaviour and approach on the part of all those in the college who have responsibility and influence in establishing and maintaining a harmonious working environment.

The college’s governing body has accepted fully the report’s recommendations.  Governors are now required to provide clear leadership and direction to ensure that the necessary changes are implemented and effective workplace relationships restored.

My Department will work closely with the governing body as it builds on the college improvement plan and prepares an action plan to give effect to the report’s findings.