Following the branch consultation exercise NIPSA members have resoundingly voted to reject the meagre pay offer of 1.25% for the majority of staff and 3% for Administrative Assistant and analogous grades.  Management Side were forced to offer a higher percentage pay increase for the AA grade to ensure that NI Civil Servants were not paid less than the National Minimum Wage.

88% of branches who responded to the consultation rejected wholeheartedly the offer and therefore NIPSA will be moving immediately to a statutory ballot for industrial action.

The ballots will issue on 7 June (with ballots expected to arrive with members around 11/12 June 2019).  The closing date for the ballot will be 2 pm on 28 June 2019.

The result is not a surprise - members have already demonstrated their anger at their treatment on pay through the NICS People Survey with 70% of civil servants clearly stating they were dissatisfied with their pay which did not adequately reflect their performance.

Since 2010 NI Civil Servants, along with other public sector workers, have borne the brunt of austerity.  We have witnessed a move to higher pay increases in other areas of the public sector - yet for whatever reason the Permanent Secretary, Department of Finance took a conscious decision to peg NICS pay to just over 1%.  This is not acceptable and members have clearly demonstrated their anger at how they have been treated.  Members have clearly stated - enough is enough - we demand a fair and just pay increase.

Arrangements are being made for material to be issued to branches to highlight the ballot and to push for a strong YES vote.  Vote YES for strike action and YES for action short of strike action.

In addition member regional meetings are being organised and details of these will be issued in the next couple of days.

Each branch has a Civil Service Executive Committee member allocated to them.  Your Executive Committee member will be in touch to discuss the issue of pay and how to maximise the vote turnout.  Please liaise closely with your allocated Executive Committee member or NIPSA Headquarters.

This is an important issue for members.  The ballot will be on pay and terms and conditions.  Members in the NICS will be aware of attacks on terms and conditions and we wish to ensure this ballot can cover both pay and terms and conditions issues over the next period of time.

In the meantime if branches need any support please contact your Executive Committee liaison person or NIPSA Headquarters Aidan McDonnell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Elizabeth Buchanan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Further bulletins and information will be issued shortly.

Alison Millar

General Secretary