Nipsa members take action after “abysmally deficient” government offer on pensions


Public sector workers in Northern Ireland have voted ‘Yes’ to join strike action over pensions on November 30th.

Members of Nipsa (the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance) voted 67% for strike action in a 43% turnout. They join members of ATL, NUT, PCS, UCU and UNISON in striking. A further 12 unions – AEP, Aspect, CSP, EIS, FDA, GMB, NASUWT, Prospect, SCP, SoR, UCAC and Unite – are balloting their members. The POA, whose members are denied the right to strike, says it will take action anyway.

A statement from Nipsa said: “Our General Council gave consideration to the government’s latest proposals on public service pensions and concluded that while the offer was a very small step in the right direction it was abysmally deficient as a means of resolving the dispute about pensions.

“In particular, we noted:

  • there was no withdrawal or alternative to the plans to significantly increase employee contributions at a time when salaries were effectively frozen
  • the government would not restore the inflation mechanism for uprating public service pensions in payment from the CPI to RPI
  • the government still expects public servants to work until 66 (with effect from 2020) before they receive their pensions.”

General secretary Brian Campfield said: “We shall be co-operating with the other public sector trade unions to ensure that the strike on November 30th is a success.”

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