I am pleased to confirm the result of the Industrial Action ballot as follows:

Are you prepared to take part in Industrial action consisting of a Strike?

YES 90.4%

Are you prepared to take part in Industrial Action short of a Strike?

YES 96.6%

1.  This circular sets out the procedures for making nominations for election to NIPSA’s General Council for the 2020-21 year i.e. the new General Council takes office immediately after NIPSA’s             Annual Conference in June 2019. Branches need to take immediate action to ensure nominations comply with the deadline of 17 January 2020.

2.  In January/February 2020 members of the General Council will be elected by an individual ballot of all ordinary members. The elections for President, Vice-President and Honorary Treasurer will       be held at NIPSA’s 2020 Annual Conference from among those elected to the General Council following the individual ballot. 

3.  A copy of the regulations for the election of the General Council is enclosed. Your Branch Committee should consider carefully these regulations and I would draw your attention to the following       points:

     (a)      Nominations for the General Council can be made only by NIPSA Branches and at properly convened general meetings of your Branch.

     (b)      Nominations must be made on the enclosed nomination Form 2A which must be signed by the Branch Chairperson and another Officer of your Branch.

     (c)      Each candidate must signify his or her consent to his or her nomination.  It is important that Branches obtain this signature as NIPSA Headquarters cannot follow up incomplete forms.

     (d)      For each candidate I should receive details on the nomination form of the nominee’s name (forename in full), gender, address, grade, NIPSA Branch number and signature of consent to                   act if  elected.

     (e)      Completed nomination forms must reach me by 2.00 pm on 17 January 2020.

     (f)      An election address of up to 100 words may be submitted by candidates for election to the General Council.  Election addresses must be submitted using Form 2B attached and can be                  sent  along with the nomination form or be sent separately by the candidate.

     (g)     In order to assist Headquarters in compiling the election address booklet a facility has been set up to allow candidates to submit an election address electronically.  Please see instructions                attached.  It is important to note if candidates avail of this facility they must also forward a signed copy.

     (h)    Completed election addresses must reach me by 2.00 pm on 17 January 2020.

4.  The election will be independently supervised by Civica Election Services (formerly known as Electoral Reform Services).

5.  All information received will be treated in accordance with our Data Protection Policy. This and the Privacy Notice it contains can be access on our website at https://nipsa.org.uk/privacy-policy.

6.  Please make immediate arrangements for your Branch to hold a meeting to decide on its nominations and in good time for your Branch and your candidates to have all             the  necessary papers with me by 2.00 pm on 17 January 2020.

7.  If you require hard copy of any of these papers please contact Lesley-Anne Scott by email [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] or 02890 661831.

Alison Millar

General Secretary

The Department of Finance has today published the 2019/20 Pay Remit for public sector workers. The announcement effectively means that the austerity agenda continues with no change to pay policy for 2019/20. Effectively this would mean that public sector workers whether they be civil servants, heath workers, education workers etc. will have their pay increase capped at a below inflation level for the tenth year in a row. This is totally unacceptable and does not auger well for industrial relations across the public sector.

Members in the NICS are currently engaged in industrial action on the issue of pay, terms and conditions and our members in the Health Service will be receiving their ballot papers next week on the issue of pay and safe staffing levels. As members will be also be aware, teachers have been engaged in industrial action for a number of years and have not had a pay increase since 2016.

This is another slap in the face for hard working civil and public servants who have continued to deliver vital public services in the absence of the NI Assembly. I have no doubt this announcement will further anger members and strengthen their resolve to fight for decent pay and a fair increase.

NIPSA will consider carefully our next steps, in consultation with our members, but members can be assured we will be using the General Election as an opportunity to challenge candidates standing in that election about what they will do to ensure that public sector workers get a fair and decent pay increase. NIPSA is also raising this matter directly with the NI Select Committee at Westminster. Yours sincerely

Alison Millar
General Secretary

The Department of Finance has today published the 2019/20 Pay Remit for public sector workers. The announcement of a one per cent increase, with anything above that coming out of departmental efficiency savings, means that the austerity agenda continues with no change to pay policy for 2019/20. Effectively this means that public sector workers whether they be civil servants, heath workers or education workers etc will have their pay increase capped at a below inflation level for the tenth year in a row. This is totally unacceptable.
NIPSA General Secretary, Alison Millar, stated:

“Members in the NICS are currently engaged in industrial action on the issue of pay, terms and conditions and our members in the Health Service will be receiving their ballot papers next week on the issue of pay and safe staffing levels. I am sure this will anger members and strengthen their resolve to fight for decent pay and fair increase.
This is totally unacceptable and does not auger well for industrial relations across the public sector. This is another slap in the face for hard working civil and public servants who have continued to deliver vital public services in the absence of the NI Assembly.
The decision to continue with austerity measures is a political choice rather than an economic necessity. NIPSA will consider carefully our next steps, in consultation with our members, but members can be assured we will be using the General Election as an opportunity to challenge candidates standing in that election about what they will do to ensure that public sector workers get a fair and decent pay increase.”
NIPSA is also raising this matter directly with the NI Select Committee at Westminster.

NIPSA, together with other public sector trade unions are meeting with Sue Gray, the Permanent Secretary, Department of Finance on Monday 14 October 2019 to engage with her and her team on the Public Sector Pay Remit for 2019/20.  Last year, without reference to any trade union, the Public Sector Pay Remit was set which then severely impacted on all trade unions, including NIPSA to effectively negotiate via the various collective bargaining arrangements in Northern Ireland for a just, fair and decent outcome for our members who have suffered 9 years of pay cuts and austerity.

Following discussion at the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions it was agreed that we needed to meet with the Department of Finance Permanent Secretary to significantly influence her thinking before any pay remit was set otherwise we would be back in the same position as last year.

The meeting is scheduled for 14 October 2019 and NIPSA, together with the other public sector unions, will be making a strong and robust case for a just, fair and decent outcome for all public sector workers who have borne the brunt of austerity since 2010.  Year on year members have received pay cuts – by receiving below inflation increases year on year.  This cannot be allowed to continue. 

As members will have heard in the press today, the Royal College of Nurses have commenced an industrial action ballot on the issue of pay and safe staffing levels.  This is the first time in their 103 year history they have taken such a courageous step.  Both NIPSA and Unison are also about to commence an industrial action ballot in the coming days in the Health Sector. In addition Teacher Unions have been engaged in industrial action over the past 2½ years on the issue of pay and workload. 

As members will already be aware in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, NIPSA members are already engaged in strike action and action short of strike action. 

This is a very important meeting.  As General Secretary of NIPSA and Vice-President of ICTU I will be making a strong stand on behalf of NIPSA members and public sector workers generally.  Workers and trade union members across the Public Sector have had enough and everyone deserves a just and fair pay increase.  We will be making our position very clear to Sue Gray.

A further bulletin will be issued following our meeting on Monday 14 October 2019.

As members may be aware the McCloud case, which was taken by the Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU) which determined the transitional protections afforded to older workers was discriminatory on the grounds of age.

The attached is an agreed joint statement between the Management Side and Public Sector Trade Unions in Northern Ireland.

This is a complex situation which will take some time to work through across all schemes.  In due course, as the situation becomes clearer, further bulletins will be issued.

Alison Millar
General Secretary 

 

 

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