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Dispute with water inspectors escalates over sack threat

Thursday, 17 August 2017

A DISPUTE between water quality inspectors at County Hall in Ballymena and Mid and East Antrim Council, over what their union has labelled "scandalous" on-call pollution pay rates, escalated last week after it was alleged some workers were threatened with the sack.
In a statement NIPSA called for the threat to be withdrawn and said they had now withdrawn from formal negotiations with the council.
Alan Law, Higher Executive Officer for NIPSA, said: "Water Quality Inspectors employed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have been engaged in Industrial Action since April 10 2017.
“NIPSA agreed to take part in what we hoped would be constructive discussions at the Labour Relations Agency.
Regrettably officers from Mid and East Antrim BC had no intention in negotiating to resolve the dispute.
“A conciliation meeting took place on May 11 at the offices of the Labour Relations Agency in Belfast; both parties were asked to set aside a full day in an attempt to resolve the dispute, upon arrival officers from Mid and East Antrim advised that they could only spare two hours.
“This has been the attitude of council officers to this dispute from the outset.
“Although further meetings took place on June 5 and August 3 continued intransigence from council officers meant that the process ended without agreement being reached."

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