Colleagues, this is a very difficult and worrying time for all of us. NIPSA is working hard on your behalf to deal with all the issues you have been raising with us over the last few weeks. Even if we haven’t been able to answer your specific question individually, we have been raising your issues with the employers and have managed to secure many protections for all our members, including agency workers.

NIPSA has members across all areas of the civil and public services and the advice that we can provide is not necessarily the same for every member. It is for that reason that every member should firstly seek advice from their line manager. Your employer should be providing you with the most up to date information. If you are not in the workplace at the moment, please check your employer’s website. NIPSA will endeavour to post on its website a range of information from different employers but please note that information is quickly out of date as things are changing on a daily basis.

If you do need to come to NIPSA with a specific question that you cannot get an answer to then please provide us with all the details, including where you work, what your job is and what the issue is and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Please note, NIPSA cannot answer any specific health questions in relation to it’s members or their family. If you have a worry about yourself or a family member please address your questions to health professionals or call 111.

Please stay safe and follow the advice of the Public Health Agency and your employer.

Carmel Gates
Deputy General Secretary

Further to the announcement by the Prime Minister last night, I have written to DfC management asking for an answer to the question - Am I an essential worker? I also have a teleconference with senior management at 12.00pm today so please get any queries to me by 11.00am so I can collate them.

NICS Members, please find attached below updated documents (23.3.20) on: 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for managers and staff 

Guidance for Managers and Staff 

Guidance for managers for recording sickness absence and processing special leave applications 

Alison Millar
General Secretary

Members in NICS below an update from David Sterling.

Members in Department for Communities

I wanted to write to provide you with some information on the current situation, as I understand it, regarding childcare provision in schools for key workers.

I am writing to report further to a meeting Trade Union Side had with DfC management this morning regarding the coronavirus, our fourth meeting in the last week.