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26/09/2021

UNISON to ballot members - industrial action suspended

Nurses union meeting today

UNISON to ballot members - industrial action suspended

Health workers on the picket line at Altnagelvin Hospital last Friday

UNISON, the largest union in the health and social services system, has today agreed to ballot its members and suspend industrial action.

It   follows a meeting this morning of UNISON’s health leadership to consider a Framework Agreement in relation to the long-running industrial dispute on pay parity and safe staffing in the health service.

  The agreement was reached last night after many hours of intensive negotiations between the trade union group and the Department of Health. 

  UNISON head of bargaining Anne Speed, the lead trade union negotiator, said: “UNISON representatives from across all Health Trusts and health service agencies and bodies have now considered a proposed Framework Agreement to resolve our industrial dispute.

“This Framework Agreement has been endorsed by the Minister for Health and restores pay parity with health workers in England with effect from 1st  April 2019. It also sets out a funded framework for safe staffing.

  “We are now balloting our membership with a recommendation to accept. Our industrial action is suspended for the duration of the ballot.”

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