Thousands of NIPSA health workers will join colleagues from other unions at dozens of picket lines across Northern Ireland tomorrow (Thursday, 26 January) against the backdrop of a unprecedented cost-of-living crisis.
The 24 hour stoppage will be the second full day of action taken by health sector unions in their campaign to secure safe staffing, better pay, and improved mileage allowances.
NIPSA health and social care staff have been on a continuous work to rule since 5 December last year following a massive 92.6% vote by members to go on strike. They last took to the picket lines on 12 December, 2022.
Terry Thomas, NIPSA Assistant Secretary stated:
“It is a disgrace that NIPSA Health Service members are again forced to take Industrial Action tomorrow to again reinforce their issues around Pay, Safe Staffing and Travel Reimbursement.
NIPSA along with our sister trade unions in Health continue to stress that the current Industrial Action is forced upon Members and the inaction by politicians and government only serves to do further disservice to both the Health Service and the most vulnerable citizens in our society who rely on this.
Their message is loud and clear that they remain more resolute and determined to succeed and we call on Government and Employers to engage with Trade Unions and negotiate meaningful resolutions not just for Staff but for a Health Service in crisis.”
NIPSA, UNISON and GMB members, will be at 38 locations across the five Health and Social Care Trusts.
For all unions involved patient safety remains very important for health staff who will take industrial action. Discussions are ongoing to ensure the employers take the necessary steps to protect patients during this dispute.