Further to the posting on NICS 2018-19 Pay Campaign the following is an update on the pay meeting held on 21 February and the Special meeting of the Civil Service Executive Committee held on 22 February 2019.

The following is a brief update on the Holiday Pay Cases lodged by NIPSA members across the civil and public services.

As advised in Bulletin B/11/18 dated 5 November 2018 the PSNI case in which NIPSA was representing the PSNI civilians was successful.  This case is being appealed by the PSNI and the Tribunal has agreed to 'stay' the remaining NIPSA cases for a year or more on the basis the original cases may proceed to the Supreme Court.

Further developments will be communicated to members in due course via further Bulletins and Branch Secretary circulars.

Alison Millar

General Secretary

The General Council has recently reviewed the payment of subsistence allowances.  The current allowances are £4.25 and £9.30 respectively depending on whether a representative is away from their normal workplace for over 5 hours or over 10 hours.  To date these rates have been paid without receipt.  To ensure NIPSA applies all HMRC rules correctly it will be necessary for members/representatives to provide receipts for their lunch allowance in the future.

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.