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Council ‘on-call’ pay rates a ‘scandal’

Thursday, 16 March 2017

WATER quality inspectors at County Hall in Ballymena are threatening industrial action over what they claim are "scandalous" on-call pollution response pay rates.
NIPSA, the largest Public Service Union in Northern Ireland, has condemned Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's treatment of the Inspectors.
However the council's has rejected the Union's position and is taking legal advice on the matter.
Alan Law, the union's Higher Executive Officer, said: "It's an absolute scandal that Water Quality Inspectors based at County Hall in Ballymena are expected to provide an on-call pollution response for a derisory 55 pence per hour.
“We are calling on the employer to begin immediate negotiations to prevent industrial action.
“NIPSA has advised Mid and East Antrim Borough Council that we are commencing the statutory balloting process which will lead to industrial action."
Mr Law added: "NIPSA members have indicated to their employer that they are fed up being treated so poorly, the staff affected provide an out of hours response which covers the Lower Bann, Ballinderry, Moyola, Six Mile Water, Braid, Maine and Bush rivers.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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