16/04/2003

NI social workers begin two-day strike

Social workers from across Northern Ireland have begun a two-day strike following a dispute over pay and leave conditions.

Around 1,600 members of trade union, Nipsa are taking industrial action today and tomorrow following a breakdown in talks with management on Monday.

Social workers want to close the pay gap with other health service professionals as their wages are failing to attract sufficient people and this is leading to unfilled posts.

The union have warned that additional legislation has also added considerably to the burden of social workers.

A spokesperson for the union confirmed that emergency cover would be provided for the duration of industrial action.

Union’s members plan to take further action later this month and from next week will refuse to work overtime.

(MB)

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