NIPSA, the largest public sector trade union in Northern Ireland and our sister union NAPO are protesting on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at Probation Board NI Headquarters, North Street, Belfast.
Our members who are Probation staff have been denied a pay increase since 2013. In addition Probation Board staff have been denied a pay increase, as many of the staff are at the maximum of their pay scale and this pay has not increased. This makes Probation one of the worst affected public sector organisations across the UK.
Alison Millar, NIPSA General Secretary stated:
"It is totally unacceptable that Probation staff are one of the worst affected public sector organisations across the UK. It currently takes 23 years before a member can reach the top of their pay band (which is the rate for the job). NIPSA is calling for an urgent pay rise for Probation staff in Northern Ireland who, through their work have been keeping communities safe, despite enormous pressure over the past few years. NIPSA and our sister union NAPO are demanding that our members are treated with respect and receive the minimal pay rise which has been denied by the Department of Justice/Department of Finance.
In addition our members demand urgent negotiations on pay reform to ensure that low pay is addressed and our members receive an appropriate rate for the job which will ensure that our members are not in a dire financial position."