Education Welfare Officers employed by the Education Authority will commence a period of industrial action from Tuesday 4 May 2021. This will commence with various actions short of strike action which is in furtherance of a long dispute in relation to their pay.

While a lunchtime protest will be held on Tuesday 4 May 2021 this will be for Education Welfare Staff only to ensure that we comply with Covid 19 restrictions. However, I am asking that Branches consider sending solidarity messages to the 100 plus members who will be engaged in this action. The solidarity messages should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Alan will arrange for these to be forwarded to the members.

I am sure all branches will join me in wishing the members well for a successful outcome to their dispute. Updates will be posted from time to time on NIPSA’s social media accounts and on the NIPSA website.

Alison Millar
General Secretary