The NIPSA Health and Central Panel strongly condemns the announcement by Robin Swann, Minister for Health indicating he is implementing a 3% pay rise to NHS staff in Northern Ireland as recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body.
The NIPSA Health and Social Care Central Panel has unanimously confirmed that 3% does not address the NIPSA claim of 15% or £3,000, nor does it meet the claims of the other Health Trade Unions.
Whilst acknowledging the commitment and dedication of NIPSA members, who continue to work throughout the Pandemic in extremely difficult circumstances over the last 18 months, with continuing chronic staff shortages, this does not meet the expectation of a reasonable or fair offer. We demand Fair Pay.
To add insult, this offer comes at the same time as a rising cost of living with increasing energy, fuel and food bills leading to a CPI of over 4% which will result in a pay cut for members who must pay to park at their work to do their jobs.
This is part of the overall NIPSA pay campaign and the Health Unions having already written to the DOH. Whilst we welcome the Private Members Bill which has passed its second stage within the Assembly, NIPSA continues to lobby political representatives to have charges removed both in the interim and on a permanent basis.
NIPSA, along with the Joint Health Trade Unions, will continue to press the Health Minister and the NI Executive to secure an adequate pay offer.
NIPSA will now take steps to begin the process of preparing for industrial action with further detail to follow as appropriate.
Assistant Secretary (Acting)