Alison Millar, General Secretary NIPSA said it was disgusting and abhorrent that a young journalist Lyra McKee lost her life last night in carrying out her job.  It is totally unacceptable that violence has returned to our streets.  On behalf of NIPSA I wish to extend our condolences to Lyra's family and to the NUJ who have lost a friend and comrade.

There can be no going back to the dark days of violence and murder.

The Annual May Day March and Rally will take place on Saturday 4 May 2019 in Derry/Londonderry commencing at 1.30 pm in Custom House with march off at 2 pm.

The theme of this year's May Day celebration organised by Derry Trades Council is End Welfare Cuts - Workers' Rights are Human Rights.

Please circulate this widely amongst NIPSA members in the North West Region and encourage members and their families to join us on a significant and important day in the trade union calendar.

Alison Millar
General Secretary
Attachments:
Download this file (DTUC-poster-15419.pdf)May Day Poster: Click to download[ ]80 kB

The Annual May Day March and Rally will take place on Saturday 4 May 2019 assembling at 11.00 am Buoy Park, College of Art Gardens, Belfast.  The march off will be at 12 noon.

The theme of this year's May Day celebration is International Solidarity - Worker's Rights are Human Rights.

NIPSA will be marching behind Fermanagh Trades Council who are leading the Parade in their Centenary Year.

Please circulate this widely amongst NIPSA members and encourage members and their families to join us on a significant and important day in the trade union calendar.

Alison Millar
General Secretary
Attachments:
Download this file (ICTU May Day 2019 Belfast.pdf)ICTU May Day 2019 Belfast.pdf[ ]886 kB

Please find attached the revised Salary Bands and Percentage Contribution Rates for all members of the NICS Pension Schemes for the year 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Alison Millar
General Secretary
Attachments:
Download this file (Employee Contribution Rates - 1 April 2019.pdf)Employee Contribution Rates - 1 April 2019.pdf[Employee Pension Contribution Rates]190 kB

NIPSA's Civil Service Executive Committee considered correspondence from Management Side regarding notification of their intention to advertise a number of volume external recruitment competitions.  The Civil Service Executive Committee are totally opposed to the unilateral attempt by the Management Side to push through external recruitment exercises for Staff Officer and Deputy Principal Grades using the guise of the impact of Brexit to seek to justify an urgent external competition at these grades.

I am enclosing a copy of the Scrutineer's report on the election of the General Council for 2019-20. 

This means that for the period from the end of our 2019 General Conference to the end of our 2020 General Conference the General Council will consist of: