As members are aware NIPSA lodged a Judicial Review on the lack of consultation on the SO/DP Competition and the breach of the Central Whitley Constitution and the NICS Staff Handbook. Our lawyers have now advised that the JR Judge has granted leave for the JR on the basis of the papers without the requirement for a hearing. The proposed listing will be in October 2019 with a preliminary hearing listing on 6 September 2019.

Action Short of Strike Action: NIPSA has become aware that in at least some Departments they are seeking volunteers at SO and DP level who would participate in familiarisation sessions with the new SO/DP recruits.

This is a further insult to members. In line with our action short of strike action commencing on 29 July 2019 NIPSA would advise members that they should NOT volunteer for these familiarisation sessions.

Alison Millar
General Secretary
  • Over the last 10 years your pay has been eroded by between 15% and 20%;
  • Your promotion opportunities have been cut by the externalisation of the SO and DP competition and there is more of the same to come;
  • Many civil servants now rely on second jobs and working tax credits to make ends meet;
  • The majority of civil servants earn below the NI average wage and 66% earn less than the UK average wage;
  • You are being asked to take on more line management responsibility for sick absence management, grievance and discipline.
If we don’t fight back now it will become even worse

Of course, civil servants like other workers cannot afford to strike but the money lost in a strike day is nothing compared to what we will all lose if we don’t make a stand now.
No one wants to be on strike but every worker who crosses a picket line weakens our action and strengthens the employer for further attacks on our terms and conditions.
Remember NIPSA members voted by 68.5% for strike action. We would ask you to recognise the democratic mandate.

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  • Civil Servants, like other workers, have been affected by austerity and have suffered wage cuts of between 15% and 20% over the last decade;
  • The majority of Civil Servants now earn below the NI average wage and rely on second jobs and tax credits just to make ends meet;
  • Things are so bad that management had to take special measures just to ensure the lowest paid civil servants stay above the legal minimum wage;
  • More money in workers’ pockets means more money in our community.
  • Civil service workers have decided that enough is enough and have voted by 68.5% to take action.

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I am a part-time EO1. I went part-time on return from my last maternity leave, to avoid paying for childcare but, now that they're older, I have been unable to increase my hours in a suitable location. Most of the clothes I buy for myself and my children are second-hand and most of my furniture is from charity shops. I can barely afford a hair cut, never mind a social life. I never go for pub lunches with colleagues, as I don't have enough spare cash. My house needs significant repair work and I can't afford that. It's years since my current account was in the black and I owe more than a year's salary in overdraft, loans and credit card debt, with no realistic expectation of ever getting out of spiralling debt. My husband is an EOII equivalent grade and without him working a ridiculous amount of overtime, we would struggle just to pay utility bills and buy food, but we still can't afford a holiday. The whole situation is depressing.


I'm a full time EO1, I'm a single mum with a one year old child. Because I am over the threshold I get no support from child tax credits etc. So my mum who is in her 70s is having to look after my child while I work. If I didn't have this option I would be forced out of a job. If I were to reduce my hours to 18 a week, I would be around £200 a month worse off, which sounds like nothing but is completely unaffordable, its what I try to budget for our shopping each month.

There is no extra money for luxuries, even getting my hair cut or a night out is a struggle. I dread what it is going to be like what my child is up a bit and needs more things. Despite that fact that I am in a "good job" I have had to come to terms with the fact that we are a low income house on 1 wage and life is very tight for us. I work hard in a job with a lot of responsibility to provide for my child but he will probably never have anything other than supermarket or ebay clothes and will likely never know what it's like to have a holiday abroad.


As an AO who has reached the top of their scale, we find it a struggle to make ends meet each month. Myself and my wife have recently had our third child, she is now on maternity pay. We receive child benefit, however regularly have to rely on credit cards and indeed family for financial help for many of the necessities of daily family life. We are in a privileged position to have wonderful parents who help with childcare, if this was not the case we would unable to both work full-time. It is obvious that the UK government has decided to run down the public sector here and indeed demoralise those who contribute much to making much needed services available to society here, in the hope that they may sit back and take the hits they keep coming with.
Not anymore, it’s time to fight back.