With inflation running at a 30-year high and likely to hit 10% by the end of the 2022, NIPSA has reacted robustly in defence of hard-pressed NJC workers’ pay.

The union is seeking a 2022‐23 pay claim of:

  • Rate of Inflation
  • 10% Cost of Living Increase
  • Uplift in Mileage Rate

Our claim will be fed into discussions with the other NJC trade unions and a joint claim will then be presented to the employers. The NIPSA Deputy General Secretary told NIPSA Report:

“We’ve given this claim our full consideration and in particular looked at the bigger picture – massive rises in everyday grocery costs, National Insurance hikes, and skyrocketing energy bills.

All of these massive hits to household budgets have been compounded by year after year of paltry pay settlements. For some of our members come winter this year, the option will be whether to heat or eat. We have to deal with this now. Our members cannot afford to wait. It is time to fight”

NIPSA's solicitors McCartan Turkington Breen are lodging 'injury to feelings' compensation claims on behalf of each of the union's 40,000 members. It comes after the UK Supreme Court recently denied a Government application to appeal a 2018 Court of Appeal judgment over changes to judicial and firefighter pension schemes which it deemed was discriminatory.

The McCloud/Sargeant case, brought by the Fire Brigades Union and the Local Government Association, argued that changes introduced by the Government in 2015 were unlawful in that they gave greater protection to older workers. The changes, which came out of the 2011 Hutton Report into public service pensions, basically ended final salary schemes and replaced them with career‐average alternatives.

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