Members may be aware of the recent debate in the NI Assembly regarding the above matter. The debate was generated by questions put to the Minister for Finance and Personnel, Mervyn Storey by Ms Dolores Kelly MLA and Mr Jim Allister MLA. The questions were:

Members were advised that the Civil Service Group Executive Committee was meeting yesterday and would consider recent developments on the NI Civil Service 2015 pay arrangements.

Members were advised in Branch Secretary Circular CS 17/15 that pay negotiations had commenced. Since then Trade Union Side has been engaged in a number of bilateral discussions with NICS Management and also had the opportunity to meet with the Finance Minister, Arlene Foster.