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Nipsa workers to seek union bargaining?

Members of the union may be looking to avert strike action.

10 October 2011

Thousands of workers from the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (Nipsa) union are being balloted today (October 10th) about whether or not they should pursue strike action.

Members of the organisation are unhappy about the government's austerity measures, with many facing pay freezes, pensions cuts or job losses and so union bargaining could be sought.

If industrial action is backed by employees, then November 30th has been chosen as the day it will take place.

Brian Campfield, general secretary of Nipsa - which has over 45,000 members in roles in civil and public services and the voluntary sector - told UTV there is enough money to maintain retirement funds at their current level.

"Public servants have also experienced years of pay restrictions and a two-year pay freeze imposed by the UK government," he added.

Mr Campfield continued by saying that ordinary workers are being made to pay for a financial crisis that was "not of their making".

Posted by Ron Maverick

Source: UTV, BBC News, October 10th
 

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