NIPSA, the largest public sector union in Northern Ireland today met with the Finance Minister to press home the case for a pay increase for civil servants.

Alison Millar, NIPSA General Secretary stated:

“The Minister acknowledged the work carried out by thousands of civil servants, particularly when the NI Assembly was not functioning and indicated a desire to seek to resolve the long running NICS Pay, Terms and Conditions Dispute.  He indicated that the NI Executive had met earlier in the day and the issue of the finances was of major concern.  In doing so he indicated he was meeting with the Treasury on Thursday and would be pressing the case for more money for Northern Ireland.  NIPSA made it abundantly clear that civil servants were frustrated and angry that they were not being treated with the same urgency as Health Workers.  He reiterated his desire to seek to resolve the dispute and would not drag his heels in seeking a resolution.   

The Minister further indicated he had given his officials scope to commence the negotiations and NIPSA will engage with the Management Side tomorrow (Thursday) as a first step in seeking to resolve the dispute.  It was made clear however that our action would continue until a resolution of the dispute was secured which would be acceptable to members.” 

In the meantime the one day strike on 24 January 2020 will proceed.