New beginnings for LRA as it moves to Gasworks office

Pictured at the new Labour Relations Agency office in Belfast are (from left) the agency's director of employment relations services Mark McAlister, accommodation project manager Diane Edgington and director of corporate services Paul Lowe. Picture: Phil Smyth

THE new year has brought a new beginning for the Labour Relations Agency (LRA), which has moved from base of the last 25 years in Belfast's iconic Cathedral Quarter to new offices in James House at The Gasworks Belfast, where the space has been designed to accommodate the 60 strong team through its hybrid working model.

Alongside the new move, the LRA has also re-opened its north west office following a closure of over two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The main objective is help rebuild the local economy by realising the long-term benefits of good employment practice and drive capacity as the local economy rebalances and recovers in the midst of the current cost of living crisis.

Mark McAlister, director of employment of employment relations services at the LRA, said: “We're delighted to move to our exciting new office which provides a bright, modern, open plan space for our team and hosts a fantastic view of Belfast.

“The new space boasts state of the art meeting rooms with the latest technology to accommodate our customers’ needs. It will allow us to continue accommodating our highly skilled team and to continue providing the latest advice and support to organisations.”

The Labour Relations Agency provides an impartial and confidential employment relations service across the north. Its services include advice and guidance on good employment practices and assisting with the implementation of policies and procedures for employees and organisations.

The team also works to help resolve employment disputes through their conciliation, mediation, and arbitration services.