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. 

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