You will by now have seen the communication from the Head of the Civil Service indicating that the NICS Board has agreed to run three separate internal competitions, at Grade 5, Grade 7 and EO2 level.

I wish to advise members that NIPSA met with the Management Side yesterday to commence negotiations on the pay claim.

I am seeking branch views on the content of the 2016 NI Civil Service pay claim, I am writing to advise the NIPSA Civil Service Group Executive Committee met on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 to consider the matter further.

Access to NICS Equal Pay Settlement

The NIPSA Civil Service Group Executive Committee met on Monday 13th June to consider the content of the 2016 pay claim and decided that the pay claim should contain the following elements:

Yesterday, the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service issued a communication to all staff advising that the embargo on recruitment and substantive promotion, which has been in place since November 2014, has been lifted. While this is a welcome development there are a number of issues which NIPSA will wish to pick up with Management Side regarding the impact that this will have particularly as members move into the new 9 Departments.