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NIPSA: Union condemns Trust plans to slash staff contracts

OFFICIAL STRIKE. . . .Members of NIPSA trade union pictured picketing outside the Waterside Health Centre in Derry.

OFFICIAL STRIKE. . . .Members of NIPSA trade union pictured picketing outside the Waterside Health Centre in Derry.

NIPSA has condemned plans by the Western HSC Trust to cease issuing full-time contracts to

new staff or those applying for promotion.

A spokesperson for the union said: “NIPSA has received details of Western HSC Trust to slash contracts issued to new staff and those applying for promotion. These proposals will see the end of full-time contracts

for all non-shift staff with a particular focus on those employed in Admin and Clerical roles.

The Trust confirmed at the Consultation Group meeting on 13 August that they have a projected overspend of £24m in the current financial year. A letter received by the Permanent Secretary for DHSSPS reminded the Chief Executive Elaine Way that she must achieve a breakeven position by the end of the financial year. The proposals by the Trust will achieve less than £68,000 of savings and is nothing more than meaningless tokenism which will exploit some of the lowest paid staff which the Trust employs.NIPSA condemns these plans and calls on the Trust to withdraw them immediately. We are commencing immediate consultations with our membership on Industrial Action.”

 

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