Unions Unite Against Possible Privatisation of New Leisure Centre

NIPSA, together with our sister trade unions, Unite and GMB, have been working closely with the Senior Management Team of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council for over a year on the future service delivery model for the new Leisure Centre

A protest has been arranged for Monday 26 November at 6.15 pm outside the Craigavon Civic Centre.

This protest is regarding Trade Union Side's serious concerns over the potential privatisation of Leisure Services at the new Leisure Centre under construction at Craigavon Lakes - Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council.

I would encourage all Branches and representatives, if they are available, to attend this very important protest.  We are hopeful that if enough pressure can be put on Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, the decision to privatise Leisure Services will be reversed.

Your help in this would be very much appreciated.

Alison Millar
General Secretary

Members will be aware that a number of Tribunal cases were taken forward by NIPSA, for civilian PSNI staff through its solicitors MTB regarding holiday pay. 

In line with NIPSA’s Rules, branches are required to hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) during the month of October. A reminder to all branches of the rules and to take into account the following points in making the arrangements to hold the Branch AGM.

Following a discussion at the Public Officers’ Group Executive Committee yesterday it was agreed to defer the Public Officers’ Group Conference scheduled for Wednesday 7 November 2018 to the Spring of 2019 to allow for consideration of the appropriate structures.

 Therefore it is not necessary for branches to submit motions, delegates or nominations for the Executive Committee

The current Executive Committee will remain in place until the Spring of 2019.

Yours sincerely

Alison Millar

General Secretary

NIPSA's General Council have agreed to join with our sister unions PCS, FDA and Prospect in the legal proceedings seeking a judicial review of the Government's consultation over the 2018 civil service pay guidance which states that Departments (and this would include the NICS) would only be able to make average awards above 1-1.5% in exchange for further cuts.

It is now clear the UK Government never intended to consult trade unions on the new pay cap.

NIPSA has agreed to provide £15,000 towards the legal proceedings which shows our commitment to seeking to break the pay restraint that members have endured for far too long.

As members are aware we are in the middle of our Branch consultation exercise on the 2018-19 pay claim.

Please ensure your Branch holds a meeting prior to close of the consultation on Thursday 6 September 2018 and make your voice heard.

Alison Millar
General Secretary