It is with regret that I have to advise you that despite meeting with the Finance Minister on 9 December 2020 and stressing the importance of a remit being given to his officials to commence negotiations with Trade Union Side on NICS Pay that 3 months later we are no further forward. A further letter has been issued to the Finance Minister clearly registering our strong objections to the fact that civil servants and their unions are being disrespected and ignored, while hard working civil servants continue to deliver vital public services to ensure businesses are supported by way of grants and other support packages. Other members are in work delivering social security benefits to ever increasing numbers of universal credit applications and the many other benefits and other members juggle working from home with home schooling and other caring responsibilities.

In the last couple of weeks, you will have heard that teachers pay has been settled with 2% offered for 2019/20 and 2020/21 pay years. Why is it that the Finance Minister and his Executive colleagues are appearing not to deal with the issue of pay for civil servants?

The Civil Service Group and disgusted and frustrated by this treatment and are asking that members now play their part in seeking to at least get the negotiations started. I am therefore attaching a draft letter which NIPSA is asking you to send to your local MLA’s asking that they raise the issue via Assembly Questions or in direct correspondence with the Minister. We can no longer stand idly and allow civil service pay to be at the bottom of an in-tray.

Please therefore ask all members to submit as many letters as possible to get this issue up the agenda and potentially debated in the NI Assembly.

Alison Millar
General Secretary