The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in Northern Ireland has put forward a motion at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions conference in Belfast today, calling on the NI Executive to address the difference in pay that currently exists between health service workers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Addressing the conference, Claire Ronald (above), senior negotiating officer for the CSP said: ‘Health and social care service staff in Northern Ireland are now the lowest paid in the UK.
'At a time when the health service here is undergoing further change and staff are, being asked to work harder than ever to transform how services are delivered this situation is simply unsustainable.
‘In addition given the unique challenges for NI posedby Brexit and highlighted by the CavendishCoalition, the NI Executive needs to considercarefully whether the current level of pay issufficient to ensuring an adequate supply of safeand qualified healthcare staff.
‘It is incumbent on government to abolish this insulting pay cap on healthcare staff, restore equity with colleagues in the rest of the UK and avoid the impending recruitment crisis which will have disastrous consequences for patient care in Northern Ireland.
‘Nor only should the government scrap the cap on public sector workers they need to scrap the gap that currently exists between workers in NI and the rest of the UK.’
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1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 56,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.
2. The decision to impose the 1 per cent pay non-consolidated award for 2015/16 comes on the back of a the decision by Health Minister Wells in October 2014 to disregard the recommendations of the Pay Review Body for 2014/15 which was presented to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the First Minister, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Health in March 2014.
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