Workplace

Medical secretaries fight jobs & pay cuts

Medical secretaries in hospitals across the Belfast Health Trust are fighting against attempts to cut jobs and pay by £3,000 per year. As a result of the decision by the Assembly Executive to make cuts of £318million in health since last year, frontline services such as those carried out by medical secretaries are being decimated.

How to fight the cuts

(This article was originally written in September 2010 as a contribution to the debate on what strategy is required to defeat the cuts. Subsequent events, we feel, have proven the correctness of the arguments contained in the article.)

Socialist Party Statement

The savage cuts to be announced by the Tory / Lib Dem coalition government in the Comprehensive Spending Review on 20th October have dominated the media and conversations in workplaces, communities and homes. For socialists and trade union activists, the question of how to fight the cuts is of upmost importance.

 

Assembly reneges on civil service pay

Anger and frustration has greeted the latest developments on NICS pay. Already eight months overdue – the pay offer was due to be paid last August – a formal offer was finally received in March 2010. The wait has not been worth it however, as it has amounted to a pay freeze on the max points of all scales.

These points are recognised as the rate for the job as all workers are expected to progress to the max of the pay scales when they have completed enough service. It is also being seen as a freeze on all who are due to retire.

United action to defend compensation scheme

The government is planning to slash thousands of civil service jobs across Britain and Northern Ireland and when they try to do it, they want to be sure that it’s as cheap as possible; that is the reason behind the change to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (redundancy scheme) which has been undemocratically forced through Parliament.

NIPSA: Effective defence of services needed

On 26 March 2010, NIPSA has organised a special meeting for delegates from across the union as part of its “Public Service Defence Campaign”. This meeting comes at a time of government attacks upon, not only on the pay and conditions of public service workers, but the public service itself. The Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson, has recently announced a massive £365 million cut in the budget of the Northern Ireland Executive.