Givan welcomes Trade Unions’ response to EA Pay and Grading Review

Date published: 24 June 2024

Education Minister Paul Givan has welcomed confirmation from support staff unions that they will consult their members on the proposed Pay and Grading Review resolution.

Pay and Grading Review
Pay and Grading Review

Following the successful conclusion of negotiations, a proposed agreement has been developed which the support staff unions will now present to their membership.

Welcoming the decision the Minister said: 

“I welcome today’s positive development that all the support staff unions have agreed to formally consult their membership on a jointly developed resolution to the pay and grading dispute.”

The support staff unions, GMB, NIPSA, UNISON and Unite the Union have agreed to consult their membership on the terms of the proposed agreement in the coming weeks.

The Minister continued: 

“I am pleased that this significant progress has been achieved in advance of the summer break in schools and I will continue to work with the unions and Executive colleagues to deliver a resolution before the start of the new school year.”

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