This Bulletin is to advise you that discussions have started with the Department of Health and HSC Employers on 2019-2020 Pay.  You will be aware that NIPSA is involved with the other unions in Health in the negotiations and you may have seen the recent joint communication in relation to the current discussions.

I wish to reassure you that NIPSA's position is being taken forward in these discussions on all aspects of pay.  NIPSA's objective will be to achieve a fair and decent pay uplift for our members in line with NIPSA policy.  I can confirm that at all stages I will consult with the Health Central Panel, taking account of concerns raised previously in respect of the 2018-19 pay imposition and associated issues.

I have consulted with the Chairperson of the Health Panel on the content of this Bulletin.  We will keep members informed of progress over the next couple of months as meetings occur with Management Side.

Maria Morgan

Assistant Secretary

On behalf of the HSC Central Panel and its HSC Pay Policy Sub-Group, it was agreed to update members on the various developments that have occurred in relation to pay for the year 18/19 and prospects for years 19/20 and 20/21.

NIPSA has written to its 9,500 members working within the HSC in Northern Ireland, canvassing whether they would be prepared to be balloted formally on industrial action over the continuing absence of any pay award for 2018/2019 and beyond.

This issue broke yesterday evening, Patricia Quinn and I attended a briefing very late this afternoon at BSO. I was the only Joint Secretary in attendance but we were instrumental in getting them to do this briefing for TUS/staff to at least contextualise what has happened.

I would be grateful if you can circulate this as a matter of urgency to NIPSA members across the service. I contacted the media  and we may get some further coverage tomorrow morning but my reading and summary of events is as follows:

A further update to our post of August 6th. Attached below and available to download further correspondence between Andrew Dawson Director of Workforce Policy (Acting) HSC and Trade Union Side Joint Secretaries. TUSJS letter to Permanent Secretary Ms Susan Gray. HSC Workforce Policy Directorate correspondence on AfC pay arrangements 2017/18 and AfC Staff Scales March 2015 to March 2018. 

NIPSA HSC Pay Update: Agenda for Change (Refresh) Framework Agreement – Inclusive of Payscale Restructuring for HSC Northern Ireland

This posting is to bring members up to date regarding NIPSA’s position on the “Agenda for Change (Refresh) Framework Agreement,” which has been used by the Conservative Government to drive through a 3 year pay deal for the NHS staff in England.

This process has caused much misinformation and speculation across the Health and Social Care (HSC) system in Northern Ireland since it was announced in England a number of months ago.

More recently NIPSA members will have seen press coverage of NHS staff in England claiming that they have been “duped” by this particular deal.

This posting aims to do 3 things:

  • Firstly, provide accurate, factual information on the current state of play in relation to pay for NIPSA members in the HSC sector in Northern Ireland.
  • Secondly, to outline why NIPSA has come to the conclusion that the NHS England Agreement is, in our view, not fit for purpose.
  • Thirdly, to put NIPSA’s position on Pay and Agenda for Change related issues on the record.