24/01/2020

Civil Servants Stage 24-Hour Strike

Thousands of civil servants have walked out of their posts as they stage a 24-hour strike over pay.

Members of Northern Ireland's largest public sector union are taking action to demand a decent pay increase and protection of their terms and conditions of employment.

NIPSA members are also appealing for the same urgency and engagement as that awarded to recent healthcare strikes.

Areas affected by the action on Friday 24 January include jobs and benefits offices, universal credit processing centres, rating offices, veterinary officers, meat inspectors, DAERA direct offices, public prosecution service, tribunals and various other civil service functions.
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The action went ahead after a meeting with Finance Minister Connor Murphy on Wednesday and follows similar industrial strikes last July.

Alison Millar, General Secretary of the union, said: "Members are angry that they have not had a resolution to their long running dispute on the issue of pay, terms and conditions."

Further discontent was sparked among civil servants this week when it emerged that local MLAs will receive a £1000 pay rise, as approved by the Independent Financial Review Panel (IFRP).

Political leaders have asked for the pay award to be deferred.

Stormont's institutions were restored earlier this month after three years of political stalemate.



(JG/CM)

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