The Education Authority has updated their website and key workers who have been unable to find a school to accept their child can now complete an online enquiry form which will hopefully resolve their childcare needs.

Please click here to access online form and share with members and HR directors etc to share with staff.

Please note that childcare in schools should only be used as an option of last resort after you have exhausted all other options.

Alan Law
Assistant Secretary (Acting)

Members please find below a transcript of a letter from NIPSA General Secretary, Alison Millar to Minister for Infrastructure, Nicola Mallon.

Update for DfC Staff and Branch Secretaries 18.00hrs

I wanted to give a short report on the most recent teleconference with management.

I am writing to update you on the teleconference that NIPSA and the Trade Unions in Health had yesterday with the Department of Health and the Trust Employers. Firstly, you will now be aware that the updated version of the Frequently Asked Questions issued on Tuesday afternoon and will provide you with some further guidance and clarity on matters such as Pregnant Workers.

Please find below a communication we have received from HSENI regarding the very high volume of complaints.

Alison Millar
General Secretary


You may be aware that the General Secretary and myself met yesterday with Deirdre Hargey, Minister for Communities and Declan Kearney, Junior Minister for The Executive Office as well as members of the DfC Senior management team.