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Union bargaining to be used with NIPSA

Several unions in Northern Ireland are considering taking industrial action.

02 June 2011

There could be a lot of union bargaining in Northern Ireland in the coming months as the threat of strikes loom.

This is because the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA) - which represents over 45,000 people across the public, civil and voluntary services sector - has balloted its members about the possibility of industrial action.

NIPSA general-secretary Brian Campfield noted that trade unions need to present a "united coordinated campaign".

"We cannot allow public services to be dismantled, our pensions to be attacked, the value of our pay to be eroded, our jobs decimated," he added.

Mr Campfield continued by saying that it was important not just for current workers, but future generations.

Strike negotiations may well take place between NIPSA and NI Assembly, as the latter seeks to avoid action.

Unite, the Fire Brigade Union, Unison and the Ulster Teachers Union are also thought to be considering protests, which could cripple the country's services.

Posted by Ken Hayes

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