Further my post from 5 August 2020, I wanted to update you on this important issue. Firstly, this matter remains a priority for NIPSA, especially in light of rebuild plans and we have insisted that all plans must focus on safe staffing and workforce in consultation with Trade Union Side.

There have been a Terms of Reference drafted for a Safe Staffing Delivery Group (SSDG) with input from the Health Unions that covers the NIPSA disciplines of Social Work and Social Care, Admin & Clerical and Support Services. They also cover tackling Agency spend and Recruitment delays. These are now with the Health Minister for agreement.

An Agency Reduction Sub Group has been set up and the SSDG is meeting again on 25 September 2020 to progress the issues.

We will provide updates as this work progresses bearing in mind timescales and all the pressures that members are under while significant vacancies remain across the HSC.

Maria Morgan
Assistant Secretary
I am advising that the Health Central Panel has met a number of times over the last few weeks to consider and discuss the NIPSA HSC 2021 pay claim.  Various information was considered and discussed, taking account of the huge effort and recognition of NHS workers responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.  It was agreed that the NIPSA claim would be:
 
A flat rate increase of £3,000 or a percentage increase of 15%, whichever is higher for any pay point.
 
This information has been forwarded on to the Trade Union side of the NHS staff council, to feed into the deliberations on the various positions coming from the NHS Trade Unions and to contribute to the debate on the formulation of a collective claim.  
 
NIPSA believe that our claim is what our members deserve and you will be aware that NIPSA rejected the previous 2-year deal, as it did not offer an above inflation uplift for the majority of our membership.
 
NIPSA have also joined with the other Health Unions to campaign to “Bring Forward” the April 2021 implementation date so members get their pay uplift sooner.  The detail of all of this is still being considered and more information will be posted as soon as possible.
Maria Morgan
Assistant Secretary

The Health Central Panel met yesterday and I wanted to update further on the work that we have been doing with regards to Pay and other areas of concern to members.

Members below transcript of a letter to Mr Robin Swann, Minister for Health from NIPSA Assistant Secretary Maria Morgan on behalf of the NIPSA Central Health Panel.

Members below a transcript of a letter to Mr Robin Swann MLA, Minister for Health from Maria Morgan, Assistant Secretary, on behalf of NIPSA Health Central Panel.