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Northern Ireland: nurses promised pay parity with England to end strike

20 March 2020

The promise of pay parity has brought an end to the health service industrial dispute in Northern Ireland.

The new government pledged to immediately match nurses’ salaries to those in England.

The offer is set to cost the government £109m in 2019-20, and a further £67m of recurrent funding will also be necessary to meet pay requirements for 2020-21.

Commitments have also been made on safe staffing. Health minister Robin Swann said the assembly would work to implement a previously published workforce strategy by 2026.

It follows months of industrial action by thousands of nurses and other healthcare professionals over pay inequality and unsafe staffing levels.

Unions have praised service users for their patience and support during strike action.

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