Following consultation by the NJC Trade Unions with their members it has today been announced that agreement has been reached which covers the 2018/19 and 2019/20 pay years. The details of the pay scales are attached. It is likely that these will be implemented in the salaries of NIPSA members in Local Government in May salaries. For all other parts of the public sector covered by NJC contractual pay agreements NIPSA will be making representations to have the pay increases paid as quickly as possible. It is likely those employers will argue that they will need to seek authority from their parent Department and the Department of Finance.

Commencement of Action Short of Strike Action

As you will be aware Trade Union Side has been attempting for some time to obtain agreement with Libraries NI to re-evaluate the Branch Library Manager post. It is our strong contention that there have been considerable changes over the last number of years in respect of the duties and responsibilities attached to the post. Unfortunately to date Management Side have continued to reject this request for a re-evaluation and as a result members were balloted recently on whether they would be prepared to take strike action and/or engage in action short of strike. The result of the Industrial Action ballot, as you know, was a resounding Yes for both. Having considered the outcome your elected NIPSA Committee decided not to take strike action at this time but rather concentrate on Action Short of Strike and a list of actions were drawn up and provided to the Chief Executive, advising that the action would commence on Friday 25th May 2018.

Further the posting on NJC Pay Offer which indicated that consultation was underway on the Employers’ Side on a 2 year NJC pay offer.

NIPSA Bulletin PO/05/17 issued on 7 December 2017 and contained information on the pay claim submitted by NJC trade unions together with the final pay offer issued by the National Employers’ Side. The Public Officers’ Group Executive Committee met last week and agreed that branch consultation meetings should be arranged to highlight the inadequacies of the pay offer and to provide members with the opportunity to have their say about it.

Earlier this year NIPSA, GMB and UNITE unions learned that Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council proposed the outsourcing of the black bin and dry recycling collections in the Newtownabbey area and the brown bin collection services in both the Antrim and Newtownabbey areas. NIPSA in conjunction with sister unions have opposed the further outsourcing of waste collection services from the outset.

Following a resounding rejection by residents in The Grange, Ballyclare a fundamental rethink of the Department for Community’s housing strategy is now required asserted Paddy Mackel, NIPSA Official with responsibility for Housing issues.