Industrial action by health workers in Northern Ireland (see EPSU Collective Bargaining News December 2019, 23 and 24) has been suspended as unions consult on a pay offer and initiative to deliver safe staffing. Both UNISON and Unite will recommend to their members to accept the offer which they say will deliver pay parity with the rest of the UK and provide funding to achieve safe staffing levels. It is not yet clear if the RCN will recommend acceptance. The fourth union in the dispute, NIPSA, will recommend to its members to reject the offer while also calling out its civil service membership on a strike over pay on 24 January.
Northern Irish health workers suspend action to ballot over offer
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Members of the FOA union, covering health, eldercare and childcare workers employed by the municipalities, are being balloted over a revised pay offer after three weeks on strike. While the general municipal settlement provides for a 12.8% pay increase over three years, workers represented by FOA will get 13.4%. The result of the ballot will be known on 29 May. A central element of the dispute was the issue of the undervaluing of occupations dominated by women workers. The strike by members of the DNO nurses' association continues.
Thousands of workers across Northern Ireland took industrial action on 13 March in protest over privatisation, job cuts and cuts to health, education and other public services. Unions were very pleased with the strong and widespread support for the action. [Read more at > ICTU-NIC->http://www.ictuni.org/news/2015/03/13/m13-nicictu-statement-for-strike-rallies/] [And at > NIPSA->http://www.nipsa.org.uk/News/News-Releases/2015/NIPSA-Hails-Support-for-Public-Sector-Workers-Stri] [And at > Unison->http://www.unison.org.uk/news/unison-members-strike-in-northern-ireland] [And at > GMB->http://www