BSO Strike rally setting off from Harkin House
BSO Strike rally setting off from Harkin House


Following 5 days of well-supported strike action, the BSO warehouse workers, who have been on strike since Monday, finished their action today. 

The strikers had earlier marched into the city centre after stopping to show solidarity with striking Translink workers.  

They then marched to Erskine House for a protest outside the Secretary of States Office. 

NIPSA strikers were joined in that protest by GMB, SIPTU and UNITE members from Translink who are also on strike today over pay. 

The strikers gave a clear message that the economic sanctions against public sector workers must end and that a fair pay award must be implemented now. 

Speaking at the protest, NIPSA Deputy General Secretary Patrick Mulholland said “This action has been hugely successful, and I commend the members for taking this stance on behalf of all health service workers. 

The secretary of state has the power to end this dispute, and all the public sector strike action, by releasing the funds which he has already stated are available, to pay these workers the wages they need and deserve. 

If he doesn’t do so, further strike action across the public sector is already planned and targeted action will follow in early 2024.  

He knows what he needs to do to end these disputes and any further delay is unacceptable. Enough is enough.” 

The action is the latest in a series of strikes taken by NIPSA members and other public service unions, with further action planned for the 18th January 2024.