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Conor Murphy to hear Nipsa health workers' concerns

Conor Murphy will meet the head of Nipsa next week

FINANCE minister Conor Murphy is to meet the head of a health workers' union to hear members' concerns.

Mr Murphy yesterday spoke by telephone to Nipsa general secretary Alison Millar ahead of a meeting next week.

Unions have been involved in industrial action in protest over pay and staffing.

The Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite all suspended their strike action on Thursday following talks with the Department of Health.

Health minster Robin Swann has promised to give health staff pay parity with workers in the rest of the UK.

He also said he would increase staff levels to address concerns around patient and staff safety.

Nipsa has said it is not happy with the deal, however.

Mr Murphy said he was aware there was industrial action in relation to the 2018/19 pay offer, terms and conditions of service and recruitment practices.

"My meeting with Alison next week will allow me to hear at first hand the views of her members. I am fully committed to meaningful engagement with our trade union colleagues," he said.

Meanwhile, the Royal College of Midwives has suspended a ballot for industrial action after negotiations with the health minister.

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