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Prison Service urges Prison Officers Association to reconsider 2.5% pay award

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The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) has urged the Prison Officers Association to reconsider an overall pay settlement of 2.5%.

The package includes a 23% uplift of the Supplementary Risk Allowance from £2,000 to £2,460 and a consolidated increase for staff on lower pay scales. It also represents a 1% non-consolidated, non-pensionable payment for staff on single points and band maximum.

Acting NIPS Director General Phil Wragg said: “The overall pay settlement of 2.5% is the best pay deal anywhere the public sector. It represents over £1.2million in additional funding for prison grades.

“The award is significantly higher than for others who are paid from the public purse and recognises the unique role prison officers play with the 23% increase in the Supplementary Risk Allowance.

“We believe this pay package is very good in the current economic climate and we would urge the respective staff association to reconsider it against a pay restraint of 1% for other public employees.”

The award also includes retrospective payments to staff backdated to April where appropriate.

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