Finance Minister Committed To Delivering Public Sector Pay Award

New Finance Minister, Dr Caoimhe Archibald, has committed to delivering a public sector pay award that will reflect "the vital role they play in delivering public services".

The Minister has held her first official meeting with civil service trade unions – NIPSA, FDA, Unite and GMB – to discuss the issues affecting public services.

Minister Archibald said: "Working together with Ministerial colleagues I want to ensure all our public sector workers receive a pay award reflecting the vital role they play in delivering public services.

"As Minister with responsibility for the civil service, I met this morning with trade unions who represent our 24,000 workers. I reinforced my determination to see pay negotiations commence as soon as possible."

The Minister continued: "The amount included for pay in the December financial package only provides funding for one year and falls short of what is required. Given the cost of living crisis and household budgets being stretched it is vital public sector workers do not have to continue to wait for their pay award.

"I will continue to press Treasury for clarity on the specifics of the package offered and a longer-term solution to public sector funding that is not at the expense of the stabilisation of public services and finances."

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