Strikes will be springboard to further industrial action

NIPSA union leaders are already looking to a third wave of industrial action following Thursday’s walk out by thousands of its members.

In Strabane, public sector workers brought operations to a standstill at a number of government facilities including the job market and Social Security Offices. Rallies against cuts to public sector pensions and conditions were also held in Derry and Belfast.

The action was the second in an ongoing campaign by unions in Northern Ireland and in Britain and followed a similar event in November.
In the wake of that strike, a number of concessions were granted by the government. But according to local NIPSA activist Ryan McNulty, they do not go far enough.
Mr McNulty revealed that members across a range of unions are already being balloted on a third day of strikes, earmarked for the summer months.


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