IN response to recent media coverage regarding industrial relations in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the public authority has issued the following statement:
"Newry, Mourne and Down District Council remains committed to protecting and promoting the wellbeing of all of its employees.
"Over the past three years we have undertaken and continue to undertake a process of engagement in dialogue with staff and trade union representatives around restructuring. It is our priority that staff terms and conditions are protected.
"During this process a number of new policies and procedures were agreed with trade union representatives. There is no evidence to substantiate the claims that terms and conditions are being eroded.
"The Chief Executive and Senior Management Team remain committed to further discussions with trade unions and welcomes continued engagement in the interests of all parties."
For further details see Tuesday's edition of the Newry Democrat