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By the end of February all trade unions whose members are covered by NJC pay terms and conditions will have delivered a resounding rejection of the paltry pay uplift of 1.75%.

UNISON members have already strongly expressed their dismay and anger that Education and Council members would be considered to be worth so little. They stood up and were counted during the Covid pandemic, kept council services going and schools open for most of the pandemic.

On Friday 11th February, UNISON, the largest union in the Southern Trust, met with the Trust’s senior management team and outlined our members’ concerns about the recent “interim” decision to remove some emergency services from Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

UNISON members on NJC pay terms and conditions in Education and Councils have issued a resounding rejection of the 1.75% pay offer from the employer local government negotiating body.

"They are disgusted by this paltry figure and feel insulted that workers holding education and council services together during the second year of the pandemic would be considered to be worth so little,” said Anne Speed Head of Bargaining and Representation at UNISON Northern Ireland.

UNISON is expressing deep concern at the recent announcement by the Southern Trust of the “interim” removal of emergency surgery at Daisy Hill Hospital.

Important decisions made at a recent UNISON Health Committee meeting ►

UNISON Nursing Forum have jointly met with Chief Nursing Officers from the 5 Trusts.

Our nursing reps spoke of their deep concerns on the major demands on the HSC nursing workforce and the increasing challenges they are facing.

Among the issues raised are:


It is with deep sadness we report the loss of our friend and colleague Noeleen O'Kane (Beattie) who died on 12 December in Foyle Hospice.

Noeleen was an inspirational local leader in UNISON. She worked as a Classroom Assistant (SEN) in Ardnashee School in Derry. She was dedicated to her job and to our members as a long serving activist in Derry Education Branch, as a champion for education members throughout Northern Ireland and as a highly committed local organiser for the region.

UNISON Northern Ireland has launched a major consultation with our members working in the HSC.

Thousands of health staff are receiving either an email or postal communication seeking members views on key issues.

First on the list is the issue of pay. UNISON across the UK has already rejected the 3% PRBs recommendation, currently the only uplift health workers will receive for the 2021-2022 pay uplift due since last April. UNISON campaigned on a ONE Team 2k demand.