Further to NIPSA Bulletin B-3-19 dated 14 March 2019 I am writing to advise that I have this morning been advised that the Management Side have decided to proceed with the external Staff Officer and Deputy Principal competitions despite NIPSA registering a disagreement on the issue.

NIPSA has not been consulted on the CIB for either of these posts nor has it been acknowledged that we have registered disagreement and therefore in line with the Central Whitley Constitution and good industrial relations practices the competitions should have been halted.

NIPSA's Civil Service Executive Committee is meeting this afternoon and will urgently be reviewing a number of options.

This is a disgraceful way to treat staff and the recognised trade union for Non-Industrial staff in the NICS.

A further communication and information will be issued later today.

Alison Millar

General Secretary