1. ITV Report

NI civil servants stage one-day strike over pay

Civil servants are taking strike action on Friday over pay and conditions. Credit: Presseye

Northern Ireland civil servants are staging a one-day strike over pay and conditions after being given a below-inflation pay rise for the ninth year in a row.

According to the union NIPSA, members are angry over the 1.25% pay deal and changes to terms and conditions of employment which they say have been implemented with proper consultation.

General Secretary Alison Millar said the decision to strike had not be taken lightly.

The public will be shocked to learn that the lowest paid civil servants had to get a slightly higher pay increase – not because of the generosity of the employer – but to ensure that civil servants were not paid below the national minimum wage.

– Alison Millar, NIPSA

“Our members have clearly demonstrated their anger and are resolute in seeking to ensure that the employer re-opens the pay negotiations for 2018/19 and properly negotiates with NIPSA on both the issue of pay and other terms and conditions,” Ms Millar said.

“NIPSA has had to take the unprecedented decision to lodge a judicial review on the lack of consultation on terms and conditions issues regarding promotion opportunities within the NICS.”

NIPSA says members are angry at yet another below-inflation pay increase. Credit: Presseye

Ms Millar added: “In the last few days, NIPSA has written to all political parties asking that they both meet with NIPSA and engage with the senior civil service on our behalf to ensure that hard-working civil servants who have kept the civil service running in the absence of the Assembly are appropriately rewarded.”

According to the Department of Finance, approximately 4,247 people are on strike on Friday and “the vast majority of public services continue to be delivered”.

A statement added that the pay rise for civil servants was believed to be “fair in the context of the challenging financial environment”.