UNISON Northern Ireland

Thank You from UNISON

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. 

Our members have reaffirmed their determination to continue our campaign for pay justice and safe staffing across the whole health and social services system.  They are angry that all those with the power to resolve the dispute have refused to do so, despite agreeing that our cause is just.

Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary said “The right of workers to pay parity and safe staffing levels cannot be dependent on the success or failure of political talks to restore devolution.

We have repeatedly insisted that a mechanism to end this dispute already exists.

The use of health workers as political leverage and the compliance of senior civil servants in that strategy is nothing less than shameful.

Our members will continue to take industrial action in the form of a work to rule across the system and are currently making plans for further strike action in early January.

Details will be announced on Friday January 3rd.

We hope that goodwill towards all health workers will prevail before then.”