NIPSA members in the Northern Ireland Civil Service are set to strike on Thursday 3 October 2019 in relation to changes to terms and conditions of employment which have been implemented without proper and meaningful consultation and the imposition of a 1.25% pay deal for 2018/19.

 Alison Millar, NIPSA General Secretary stated:

 “NIPSA members across the Northern Ireland Civil Service will be on strike tomorrow, 3 October.  The dispute centres on the imposition of a below inflation pay deal and attacks on terms and conditions of employment.

 Our members have clearly demonstrated their anger and are resolute in seeking to ensure that the employer re-opens the pay negotiations for 2018/19 and properly negotiates with NIPSA on both the issue of pay and other terms and conditions.  NIPSA has taken the unprecedented decision to lodge a Judicial Review on the lack of consultation on terms and conditions issues regarding promotion opportunities within the NICS and that hearing will take place on 29 November 2019.  NIPSA members are clear in seeking to defend their pay, terms and conditions.  They are saying loud and clear – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

 NIPSA would call on the NICS Board to engage with NIPSA to seek a resolution of this dispute.  As part of NIPSA’s industrial action strategy members have disengaged in the Emergency Brexit Planning.  This decision was taken by members because of how they have been disrespected in relation to terms and conditions of employment and pay for a number of years.  This dispute can be resolved – however it will take a significant move from the NICS Board to do so.  NIPSA is open to resolving this dispute – however since our industrial action has commenced the silence has been deafening from the employers.”