Public sector pay top priority – Archibald

Date published: 07 February 2024

Finance Minister Dr Caoimhe Archibald MLA met with civil service trade unions this morning to discuss pay.

Finance Minister Caoimhe Archibald MLA
Image of Minister Archibald, with text saying public sector pay a priority

Speaking after the meetings with NIPSA, FDA, Unite and GMB, Minister Archibald said: Working together with Ministerial colleagues I want to ensure all our public sector workers receive a pay award reflecting the vital role they play in delivering public services.

“As Minister with responsibility for the civil service, I met this morning with trade unions who represent our 24,000 workers. I reinforced my determination to see pay negotiations commence as soon as possible.”

The Minister continued: The amount included for pay in the December financial package only provides funding for one year and falls short of what is required. Given the cost of living crisis and household budgets being stretched it is vital public sector workers do not have to continue to wait for their pay award.

I will continue to press Treasury for clarity on the specifics of the package offered and a longer-term solution to public sector funding that is not at the expense of the stabilisation of public services and finances.”

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