Northern Ireland: Unite demands reduction in health worker pay gap

07 December 2018

Unite has called for action on health workers’ pay after a new bill puts civil servants in the driving seat at deadlocked Stormont.

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The bill provides legal clarity for civil servants running departments in the absence of ministers and could help address the 2018-19 public sector pay policy.

Unite’s regional officer, Kevin McAdam said the union hopes it will lead to action on the pay gap, which sees NHS staff lagging behind their counterparts in the rest of the UK.

He added: ‘That situation has arisen as a direct result of the absence of a functioning, locally-accountable NI executive.’

The union has called on the Department of Health’s top civil servant, permanent secretary Richard Pengelly, to open negotiations with trade unions on pay.


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