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Workers to strike at regional electoral offices

Workers at six regional electoral offices are to strike next month. Picture by Rui Vieira, Press Association

WORKERS at six regional electoral offices are to strike on June 3 and June 7 in protest at closure plans.

Offices in Ballymena, Banbridge, Derry, Newtownabbey, Newtownards and Omagh are due to close in October 2016. Services are to be centralised in Belfast.

Workers who are members of trade union Nipsa are to take part in the strikes.

The union said jobs will be lost and elections will be affected by the planned closures.

Nipsa official Dooley Harte said: "This strike action will impact on the EU Referendum and so we call on management and (the) Northern Ireland Office to re-engage with Nipsa to negotiate a settlement and stop the strike action".

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