Workplace Report March 2021

Bargaining news

NI council victory

Trade unions at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (Unite, GMB, NIPSA and SIPTU) are celebrating success after suspending industrial action over a range of issues, some inherited from the formation of the council in 2015. Where there were pay anomalies, compensatory payments will range from £500 to £7,500.

Management will pursue a job evaluation process similar to that in other council areas; all roles, responsibilities and duties which currently attract allowances will continue to do so; trade unions will have a role in drawing up job descriptions; and negotiations will open on a new redundancy policy, without any preconditions.