Local residents in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council were stunned by a recent decision by the Leisure Services Sub Committee to outsource Leisure provisions across the whole Council area. NIPSA, along with other union colleagues in a united campaign, argued strongly for the service to remain in-house. NIPSA also expressed its absolute shock at the fact that local ratepayers had not even been consulted.

This is a reminder to all Branches about the election for NIPSA's General Council for 2019-20 which opened on 5 February 2019 and closes on 26 February 2019.  Branches are asked to do their best to encourage every member to exercise their right to vote in this important election.

Please note that the closing date and time for receipt of completed ballot papers is 2.00 pm on Tuesday 26 February 2019.  Members will therefore need to ensure that their ballot papers are returned in the pre-paid envelope provided to be received by the Independent Scrutineer before the above date and time.

Alison Millar

General Secretary

NIPSA wishes to publicly and wholeheartedly support the brave Nurses and Midwives who are members of INMO in their current struggle and salute them for taking the brave stand of taking lawful industrial action against the intransigence of the Irish Government in seeking to engage meaningfully to resolve the dispute.

NIPSA sends its solidarity to the INMO in their existing struggle for decent pay and safe staffing levels.  The issues facing the INMO and in the Republic of Ireland are the same for Nurses and Midwives and all health service workers in Northern Ireland.  The pay of Health Service workers in Northern Ireland are the worst across the UK and the staffing levels have been cut to the bone and beyond.

The health of citizens across the island of Ireland needs to be properly funded and the staff who work in the two Health Services needs to receive decent pay to ensure they do not have to consider second jobs and working excessive hours to make ends meet.

NIPSA wishes the INMO every success in seeking proper and meaningful resolution of the current dispute and extends the hand of solidarity.

NIPSA activists will be attending the INMO organised rally tomorrow (Saturday) in Dublin to show in a practical way our support and solidarity.

Alison Millar

General Secretary

While the possibility of a restored Assembly looks far from imminent, the question of how citizens' rights are delivered/protected now as well as in a future Stormont must not be lost.  With this in mind, at our last Annual Delegate Conference, NIPSA called for reform of one mechanism (the "Petition of Concern") through which progressive change (on women's reproductive autonomy, equal marriage, language rights etc) was previously blocked.  It was argued that reform of the PoC was essential as it had been used not as originally intended ("to prevent discrimination") but "as a veto to discriminate against sections of society.

In order to encourage wider consideration of this debate, towards the end of last year it was agreed that NIPSA Policy and Research would produce a research booklet that gave a brief overview of the issue.  The booklet ("Reforming the Petition of Concern: from 'concern' to full citizenship") is now available to download.  Hard copies are available on request from Harkin House by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (028 9066 1831).

Alison Millar

General Secretary

The election for NIPSA’s General Council for 2019/20 will be held between 5 February 2019 and 26 February 2019. Individual ballot papers will be issued directly to all members by the Independent Scrutineer who is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the election. If ballot papers are delivered to union rooms the branch must make every effort to have them distributed directly to members. If the member is not traceable or on long-term sick leave the ballot paper must be returned to the Independent Scrutineer (address on envelope).

Every member should exercise their right to vote in this important election.

An election poster is available to download from the link at the bottom of this page. I would ask you to download and distribute prominently within your Branch. If you would like print copies please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (telephone 028 9066 1831).

If any member does not receive a voting paper by 12 February 2019 he or she should contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (telephone: 028 9066 1831) For any other queries on the election members should be advised to contact the Independent Scrutineer directly at:

Electoral Reform Services 33 Clarendon Road London N8 0NW (telephone: 020 8365 8909)

Completed ballot papers should be returned in the pre-paid reply envelope provided. It will be noted that the pre-paid reply envelope has a different postcode to the address above; this takes account of Electoral Reform Services’ arrangements with Royal Mail for mail receipts.

However if any member loses the pre-paid envelope, the ballot paper can be posted directly to the above address.

It should also be noted that the only official documents issued by NIPSA for this election are the ballot paper with the related instructions plus the publication containing a list showing each candidate’s gender, grade and branch and the Election Addresses submitted.

Alison Millar
General Secretary
Attachments:
Download this file (GC Election 2019 - Use Your Vote.pdf)GCE Poster 2019[ ]80 kB

The following is a brief update on the Holiday Pay Cases lodged by NIPSA members across the civil and public services.

As advised in Bulletin B/11/18 dated 5 November 2018 the PSNI case in which NIPSA was representing the PSNI civilians was successful.  This case is being appealed by the PSNI and the Tribunal has agreed to 'stay' the remaining NIPSA cases for a year or more on the basis the original cases may proceed to the Supreme Court.

Further developments will be communicated to members in due course via further Bulletins and Branch Secretary circulars.

Alison Millar

General Secretary