NJC Pay 2014 - Strike - 10th July 2014

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NIPSA Members Vote For Strike Action

01 July 2014

The ballot result in the above is as follows:

Total No of Votes Cast

3067

Members Voting for Strike Action

1941 (63.3%)

Members Voting against Strike Action

1126 (36.7%)

In considering the outcome of the ballot the Public Officers Group Executive Committee agreed to recommend the NIPSA Disputes Committee approve a one-day strike on 10 July 2014.

NIPSA members employed in Education, Libraries NI, Local Government, NI Housing Executive, Fold Housing Association, NSL, Youth Justice Agency employed on NJC pay will join with our sister unions Unite, GMB, Unison and SIPTU as part of a dispute in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in rejecting the Employers 1% pay offer.

In relation to staff employed in Education and Library Boards and Further Education it has been decided, for a variety of reasons, not to call out on strike front-facing education staff (eg school based staff).   Staff in Education Board Headquarters and Out Centres will be on strike on 10 July.  It is anticipated the 10th July will be the first of a rolling programme of action and members in all areas of Education will be called to take action at a later stage.

A separate circular providing advice to staff working in the Education Headquarters who are not on NJC pay has been issued separately to branches.  In broad terms NIPSA is advising those members to carry out their normal duties, not cover work of striking colleagues and join their NIPSA colleagues on picket lines at the commencement of the day and attend any rallies.

As members will already be aware the pay of members on NJC has been eroded by over 20% in real terms since 2010.  In the pay years 2010, 2011 and 2012 members received no increase in rates of pay with a meagre 1% uplift in 2013.  It is unacceptable with the cost of living continuing to increase that the NJC Employers’ Side have only offered a 1% increase against a backdrop of inflation running at over 2.5%.

NIPSA would therefore call on all impacted members in the affected employment areas to join over 1.2 million workers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in defence of your pay.

Details of picket lines and to rallies will be advised in due course.

Alison Millar

Deputy General Secretary

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