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Today (6th January) UNISON, the largest union across the health and social services system, can announce that our members working across the health service will be taking strike action on Friday 10th January. This is a continuation of the industrial action that commenced in November 2019 over the lack of pay parity with NHS workers in Scotland, England and Wales and over unsafe staffing levels.

Details of the strike action can be found on the UNISON website via the link below:

The UK Government has announced new hourly rates for the National Minimum Wage from April 1st 2020 after consulting the Low Pay Commission:
from £8.21 to £8.72 of those aged 25 and over;
from £7.70 to £8.20 for 21-24 year olds
from £6.15 to £6.45 for 18-20 year olds
from £4.35 to £4.55 for Under 18s
from £3.90 to £4.15 for Apprentices

On behalf of all UNISON members working in health and social services we thank patients and the public for their overwhelming support and for the good wishes many brought to the picket lines last week. 

A message from Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary

UNISON submitted a response to the ‘Northern Ireland Office consultation on a new legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland’ on Monday 16th December. 

The consultation which opened on 4th November can be found at

Statement from Anne Speed, Head of Bargaining and Representation at UNISON NI:

"The specific decisions of the Industrial Action meeting of all branches on Monday December 16th last are as follows:

Action short of strike by all UNISON members willing to take such action continues on until January 31st. Legal notices have been served on all Trusts and arms length bodies to that effect.

Solidarity greetings from EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan

A letter was sent today to the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service from Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary UNISON.

Tomorrow (18th December) UNISON members across the whole health and social services system will be taking strike action.

Today (16th December) the Secretary of State is holding talks with political parties aimed at restoring the devolved institutions at Stormont. Commenting on these talks and the industrial action being undertaken by health and social services workers due to the lack of pay parity and unsafe staffing levels, UNISON Regional Secretary Patricia McKeown said: