Alison Millar, General Secretary NIPSA said it was disgusting and abhorrent that a young journalist Lyra McKee lost her life last night in carrying out her job.  It is totally unacceptable that violence has returned to our streets.  On behalf of NIPSA I wish to extend our condolences to Lyra's family and to the NUJ who have lost a friend and comrade.

There can be no going back to the dark days of violence and murder.

NIPSA's Civil Service Executive Committee considered correspondence from Management Side regarding notification of their intention to advertise a number of volume external recruitment competitions.  The Civil Service Executive Committee are totally opposed to the unilateral attempt by the Management Side to push through external recruitment exercises for Staff Officer and Deputy Principal Grades using the guise of the impact of Brexit to seek to justify an urgent external competition at these grades.

I am enclosing a copy of the Scrutineer's report on the election of the General Council for 2019-20. 

This means that for the period from the end of our 2019 General Conference to the end of our 2020 General Conference the General Council will consist of:

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.