Health Unions in Northern Ireland expressed deep disappointment following the statement from the Department of Health that was read to the trade unions today outlining their position on pay.

The pay gap our members expect us to close would still remain.

There is currently no basis in the Department of Health's position to enter into a new round of discussions.

We have already sat in rooms with the Department and Employers for 8 months without resolution and what we have heard today will anger our very hard working and dedicated health and social care staff who are already under significant pressure to deliver safe and effective care to the population.

Our Dispute Continues

Those who lead the Health Service have a responsibility to seek and secure funding that is desperately needed to stabilise the workforce to ensure safe staffing levels, patient safety and deliver pay justice for our members across the HSC.

 

Health Service workers have begun an industrial action ballot over unsafe staffing levels and pay injustice.

The Department of Finance has today published the 2019/20 Pay Remit for public sector workers. The announcement effectively means that the austerity agenda continues with no change to pay policy for 2019/20. Effectively this would mean that public sector workers whether they be civil servants, heath workers, education workers etc. will have their pay increase capped at a below inflation level for the tenth year in a row. This is totally unacceptable and does not auger well for industrial relations across the public sector.

Members in the NICS are currently engaged in industrial action on the issue of pay, terms and conditions and our members in the Health Service will be receiving their ballot papers next week on the issue of pay and safe staffing levels. As members will be also be aware, teachers have been engaged in industrial action for a number of years and have not had a pay increase since 2016.

This is another slap in the face for hard working civil and public servants who have continued to deliver vital public services in the absence of the NI Assembly. I have no doubt this announcement will further anger members and strengthen their resolve to fight for decent pay and a fair increase.

NIPSA will consider carefully our next steps, in consultation with our members, but members can be assured we will be using the General Election as an opportunity to challenge candidates standing in that election about what they will do to ensure that public sector workers get a fair and decent pay increase. NIPSA is also raising this matter directly with the NI Select Committee at Westminster. Yours sincerely

Alison Millar
General Secretary

The Department of Finance has today published the 2019/20 Pay Remit for public sector workers. The announcement of a one per cent increase, with anything above that coming out of departmental efficiency savings, means that the austerity agenda continues with no change to pay policy for 2019/20. Effectively this means that public sector workers whether they be civil servants, heath workers or education workers etc will have their pay increase capped at a below inflation level for the tenth year in a row. This is totally unacceptable.
NIPSA General Secretary, Alison Millar, stated:

“Members in the NICS are currently engaged in industrial action on the issue of pay, terms and conditions and our members in the Health Service will be receiving their ballot papers next week on the issue of pay and safe staffing levels. I am sure this will anger members and strengthen their resolve to fight for decent pay and fair increase.
This is totally unacceptable and does not auger well for industrial relations across the public sector. This is another slap in the face for hard working civil and public servants who have continued to deliver vital public services in the absence of the NI Assembly.
The decision to continue with austerity measures is a political choice rather than an economic necessity. NIPSA will consider carefully our next steps, in consultation with our members, but members can be assured we will be using the General Election as an opportunity to challenge candidates standing in that election about what they will do to ensure that public sector workers get a fair and decent pay increase.”
NIPSA is also raising this matter directly with the NI Select Committee at Westminster.

To: CS Group Branch Secretaries; CS Group Executive Committee; Seconded Officers & HQ Officials (CS)

As part of the ongoing NICS Pay, Terms and Conditions Dispute the Civil Service Group Executive Committee has agreed to hold a session at the end of the Civil Service Group Conference scheduled to be held on 7 November 2019.

The session will commence at the end of the Conference motions and will last no more than 1 hour. 

Can you please ensure that all delegates are advised of this special session so that they are aware that the Conference will finish around 5 pm rather than 4 pm as advertised.

The session is to allow branches to get the up to date position and also to seek the views of branches on the campaign.

This is an important opportunity for representatives.  Please make every effort to ensure your branch is represented.

Delegate places are still available for those branches who have not already submitted delegate nominations.  Please contact Brian Nugent urgently if your branch has not already submitted delegate nominations.

Alison Millar

General Secretary

To: CS Group Branch Secretaries, CS Group EC, Seconded Officers, HQ Officials (CS)

NIPSA members employed by the Department for Communities working in Disability, Carers Service and Supplementary Payments, Personal Independence Payments, Debt Management Operations, Debt Control and Debt Project who are based at College Street and Castle Court will be taking strike action on Friday 1 November 2019 in support of the ongoing Pay, Terms and Conditions Dispute.

Members will walk out at 12.00 noon and a short rally will be held outside Castle Court at 12 noon.

Please support these members by making every effort to greet them walking out and sending messages of support.

Given the Management Side has withdrawn our ability to circulate material regarding the strike action this circular is being issued via the NIPSA website.

Alison Millar

General Secretary