Industrial Action 2020

Industrial Action

Update: Monday 24 February 2020

Trade Unions accept Department of Health proposals

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the announcement by Trade Unions that they have accepted his proposals on pay parity and safe staffing.

The joint union statement followed separate consultations with their members.

The Minister said: “I very much welcome this trade union announcement.  My first objective on taking up the post of Health Minister was to secure a resolution to the industrial action and I am delighted that this has now been achieved.

“This was made possible through important pay and staffing commitments which I was able to make with Executive-wide backing and I am grateful to my colleagues around the Executive table for this vital support.

“As I have repeatedly stated, our health service will need sustained investment year on year for the sake of patients and staff.”

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Unison and Unite members all voted in favour of the proposals and will now stand down Industrial Action.

NIPSA remains in a period of Industrial Action and is currently taking action short of strike.

Impact of strike action

RCN and Unison Trade Union members took part in strike action on  Friday 10 January.

RCN Trade Union members took part in strike action on  Wednesday 8 January.

Strike action took place with all four Trade Unions on Wednesday 18 December.


13th January 2020

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