Civil service 2009 pay final offer

Following the rejection of an initial offer for 2009 Northern Ireland civil service pay in April, NIPSA has now received an improved final offer. The union has embarked on a 3-week consultation with their civil service branches with members attending pay meetings and voting whether to accept or reject the offer. The Civil Service Executive Committee which has a Broad Left majority has reluctantly recommended the offer to members. However we do not describe this as a good offer or even a fair one and falls far short of our 2009 claim.  

The final offer retained the main elements of the first offer:
– EOIIs and higher grades would receive their increment from 1st August 2009

– TG1, TG2, Assistant Scientific officer and other specialist grades would also receive their increment from August 2009

– AA, AOs and analogous grades not mentioned above would receive their increment not in August 2009 but in February 2010. This deferral is undoubtedly unfair but was an improvement on management’s original proposal to pay no increment to these grades because of the Equal Pay settlement.

– Points below the max on the EO2 scales and above will be increased by £270. This could have been equated to a 1% rise but the flat rate has been secured as its delivers more to the lower paid grades ie. those on less than £27,000 per annum.

– A long standing anomaly regarding PTO overtime rates will be equalised onto Band 1 rates and deliver the equivalent of double time on Saturday rather than the current time and a half.
The final offer now contains the improved elements of:

– £270 for those on the max points. However, disappointingly, this has not been consolidated and is in effect a one-off payment.

– Annual leave entitlement is increased to 30 days leave after 5 years service rather than the current 10 years service.

The Executive therefore considered the improvements our negotiators were able to achieve and believe it is the best we could achieve in negotiations. The alternative was also considered: management side are likely to impose an increment on those not yet on their max point with no cost of living rise.

Also as the employer has withdrawn from a long standing agreement to pay increments we believe we are nearing a dispute situation on 2010 pay later this year and that members would wish to concentrate on that approaching battle. Branches are currently voting on the offer and these returns will be considered by the Executive Committee on 24th May.

 

Total
0
Shares
Previous Article

Peace activists murdered by reactionary Israeli army

Next Article

Bin the Public Assemblies Bill

Related Posts

Cuts bloodbath must be resisted

A savage attack has been launched on working class people in Northern Ireland. The Comprehensive Spending Review announced by the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition government on October 20th represents around a 6.9% cut in public spending in the North over the next four years. This amounts to some £4 billion in revenue spending, and a 40% reduction in capital spending (on roads, hospitals and other public projects). A report, published on 13th October  by PricewaterhouseCooper, estimated that 20,000 public sector jobs are under threat as a consequence of the Comprehensive Spending Review while a further 16,000 private sector jobs will be lost as a knock on effect.

Biggest demonstrations for 30 years stuns Mubarak’s repressive regime

The biggest demonstrations against the Egyptian government in over 30 years have stunned President Hosni Mubarak’s repressive regime. The demonstrations were called on Police Day, January 25, a national holiday that marks the 1952 struggle by the Ismailia police against the British Occupation. Mubarak’s police force today is the very opposite of a liberation movement! It is used to violently prevent workers and youth from demonstrating their anger against the corrupt and fabulously wealthy ruling elite. 

The Permanent Revolution today

We publish below a new introduction by Peter Taaffe to Leon Trotsky’s ‘Permanent Revolution’, which the comrades of Socialist Movement Pakistan (CWI) are to translate into Urdu and publish.

Introduction to new Urdu edition of ‘Permanent Revolution’ by Leon Trotsky

What relevance does Trotsky’s Theory of the Permanent Revolution have to the problems of the workers’ cause or the peasants’ (small farmers) movement today? After all, it was formulated more than 100 years ago during the first Russian revolution of 1905-07. The same kind of question could be posed – and it is – regarding the ideas of Marx and Engels, Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg. But no matter how ‘old’ is an idea – a method of analysis upon which mass action is based – if it more accurately describes the situation today than ‘new’ theories, it retains all its relevance in the modern era. This is particularly the case for the masses in the neo-colonial world – and especially today in the vital country of Pakistan with more than 200 million inhabitants – confronted as they are with all the terrible problems flowing from the incomplete capitalist-democratic revolution.