You will be aware that a number of Trade Unions have announced their acceptance of the Minister of Health’s offer on Pay and Safe Staffing. As previously advised, NIPSA is currently holding workplace pay ballots across the HSC to allow our members to have their say on Pay. That process will be completed by the end of this week. The NIPSA Health Central Panel will meet early next week to consider the outcome of the ballot process when we will then inform our members of the outcome.

In relation to Safe Staffing the Health Central Panel assessed the proposal and did not see that it provided substantial detail for our members. Therefore, it was decided that we would not ballot our members on safe staffing. NIPSA is engaged in effective action short of strike action that is ongoing across the HSC membership and targeted sectoral action across Social Work and Social Care continues to escalate. It is our view that specific focused action can secure significant progress to our safe staffing demands for those areas that we have identified as having the most acute staffing issues and this will continue.

If you have any queries about the Pay ballot or Safe Staffing action, please contact your Branch Secretary immediately

Maria Morgan
Assistant Secretary