NIPSA, the largest public sector trade union in Northern Ireland are meeting with the Finance Minister later today to press him to deliver an above inflation pay increase for Northern Ireland Civil Servants.

Alison Millar, General Secretary stated 

“Our members are angry that over the last 9 years they have received below inflation pay increases or no pay increases during that period.  In addition their anger has grown on foot of the announcement yesterday that our MLAs will receive £1000 increase in their pay with a further increase in April 2020.   NIPSA has no issue with the fact that MLAs, as workers, are receiving a pay increase – however all workers – including civil servants deserve to be treated equally and receive at least an inflationary increase in their pay plus some recognition for the loss of pay over the past 9 years.  This benchmark has now been set.

NIPSA is meeting with the Finance Minister later today when we will be pressing him to ensure that civil servants, who it has been acknowledged, have been working in very difficult circumstances in the absence of the NI Assembly, receive an above inflationary pay increase in recognition of the work they have carried out over the last 3 years without political direction.”

 Alison went on to say

 “We are looking forward to the meeting later today with the Minister and we hope for a positive engagement and a positive outcome in which civil servants can be appropriately rewarded.”