A groundbreaking emergency trade union meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (NMDDC) employees has passed a vote of no confidence in its CEO with a ballot for potential industrial action called.

All 4 recognised trade unions NIPSA, SIPTU, UNITE and GMB rallied in large numbers on Wednesday night at Ballybot House in the city as relations between staff and management reached "an all time low".

A vote of no confidence on the Council's HR (Human Resources) had already been passed on to the Staff Commission concerning restructuring and job matching in the new super-council structure.

Joint Trade Union Secretary Kim Graham (NIPSA), told the Newry Reporter that 'angered'  union members had called for the no confidence in Liam Hannaway from the floor, with the vast majority of members supporting the action.  

"There is a toxic atmosphere amongst the union members and the Management at NMDDC", said Ms Graham.  At a packed meeting it was further decided that a public protest by hundreds of the unions' members take place at the next NMDDC full meeting this September in Downpatrick.

"I have met with the NMDDC Chair, Mark Murnin, and we now plan on lobbying all parties and councillors of NMDDC to listen and understand to what is being put forward by Management.

"We are ready for a long campaign and if necessary we will be ready to put forward legal challenges.  However, if the Council Management is willing to sit down and constructively and genuinely engage with us we will be willing to do so."

"Going forward we ask that all policies are signed off by the 4 joint unions so that all our members, Management and Councillors will know exactly what has been agreed to and what has not", added Ms Graham.

Saturday 30 June 2018

Please note NIPSA buses have been cancelled but you can still avail of a bus from either Londonderry or Enniskillen.


Unison Bus Available from Sainsburys Car Park at 10 am on Saturday 30 June.

Collection Points are as follows:

Derry Railway Station

Altnagelvin Hospital



Contact Alan Thilson on 07703 513555 if you wish to book a seat or require further details.

The Unison Derry bus will leave Belfast at 4.30 pm


Unison Bus leaving from Car Park beside bus station (outside Royal British Legion Club) at 9 am

Collection Points are as follows:

Maguiresbridge at 9.30 am

Ballygawley Roundabout at 10.30 am

Contact Jill Weir on 02866 382369 if you wish to book a seat

The Unison Enniskillen bus will leave Belfast at 4 pm

NIPSA has expressed concerns regarding the recently released response to a public consultation on the future delivery of electoral services.  A public consultation was held from October 2016 to January 2017 and a number of responses were received.  District Councils, Politicians and Trade Unions responded to a wide range of questions set out in the consultation.

Rally, Belfast City Hall, Saturday 23rd June, 11.30 a.m. 

United Against Racism has organised a rally in Belfast on Saturday 23 June at 11.30 am to send a clear message to the far right, that they and their rhetoric, are not welcome here. It is also an opportunity to send a strong message of solidarity to minority groups that they are welcome and that NIPSA and the trade unions stand strong beside them in ensuring that they are protected against bigotry, racism and Islamophobia.

This will be a peaceful demonstration and United Against Racism has been working closely with the police and stewards will be in attendance at the event.

NIPSA will have banners and flags available on Saturday and I would encourage as many members as possible to attend this event and demonstrate our commitment to support minority groups and make them welcome in this society.

Alison Millar

General Secretary

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are due to come into effect from 25 May 2018. It is essential that both staff and all representatives of NIPSA conduct our business in line with the GDPR principles. The new regulations carry significant penalties for breaches of data protection and therefore it is vital that all representatives take all reasonable steps to implement the NIPSA Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notices together with other guidance.