NIPSA, the leading and largest trade union in Northern Ireland meets in Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen from Wednesday to Friday to debate a range of key issues and set the policy for the union in the year ahead.

Alison Millar, NIPSA General Secretary stated:

"The Annual Conference of NIPSA is the key decision making body of the union.  This week we will be debating a range of issues from Climate Change, Brexit, Public Sector Pay and the impact the lack of an Assembly is having in the delivery of public services.

Our public services are in crisis, with health, education and housing creaking at the seams with staff struggling to deliver the high class public services citizens deserve.  This has been made worse with no-one to make decisions and with those powers being drip fed to senior civil servants.

This cannot go on.  Our politicians need to find a way through the political impasse.  The death of a fellow trade unionist - Lyra McKee will be remembered at our Conference.  We cannot allow her death to have been in vain.  It is clear the public do not want a return to violence but an absence of a political administration allows others to fill that void.

It is essential  that we have a significant investment in our public services.  We will no longer accept that there is no money - "the magic money tree" is wheeled out from time to time.  We demand that public services and public servants see the dividend of the last 10 years of austerity.  The time for public servants to get a decent pay increase is now."