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Anne Speed UNISON lead negotiator for health unions in Northern Ireland expressed no surprise that the pay cap has been lifted by the Department of Finance.  The cap had already been breached in England Scotland and Wales as a result of a 3 year pay deal.

UNISON members protested at the Education Authority Headquarters in Belfast today against the proposed introduction of Epayslips.

UNISON are calling on senior Education Authority management to drop their plan to impose change on how workers will be notified of their pay.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is carrying out this survey at the request of the member unions of the NIC-ICTU Education Trade Union Group which comprises the 10 affiliated unions working in the education sector.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions notes the ruling of the Supreme Court in relation to the Ashers case today. 


Commenting after the announcement, Assistant General Secretary Owen Reidy said :

“UNISON is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sylvia Meehan, mother in law of our colleague and Head of Bargaining and Representation, Anne Speed and mother of our friend Niall Meehan. 


UNISON Regional Secretary Patricia McKeown has today sent letters to the BSO and the Director of Workforce Policy Andrew Dawson, hitting out at lump sum deductions taken from members wages following a Pension recalculation.


Today (22nd August 2018) the BBC has reported that the Education Authority (EA) has written to the Department of Education setting out its initial budget plans for 2018/19 and suggesting a range of cuts to services, including removing school crossing patrols, withdrawing uniform allowances and compulsory redundancies in schools.

‘We believe the Court of Appeal got this decision completely wrong and will do everything we can to reverse it’

UNISON has asked the Supreme Court this week for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision that care workers’ sleep-in shifts do not count as work time and do need to be paid in line with the national minimum wage.

The Supreme Court will now decide whether to grant the union the right to appeal against the July decision by the Court of Appeal.

UNISON notes media reports over recent days in relation to an adult safeguarding investigation that is being undertaken in relation to Muckamore Abbey Hospital. 

We are aware of the ongoing investigation at Muckamore Abbey Hospital and UNISON is supporting all our members at the Hospital during this period.  UNISON has met with our members to discuss any concerns they may have in these circumstances.  Ensuring the safety of all patients and service users at Muckamore Abbey must be a priority. 

Anne Speed, UNISON's lead negotiator for health unions in Northern Ireland, expressed no surprise that the pay cap has been lifted by the Department of Finance.