Agenda item

Correspondence

Minutes:

The Head of Community Development and Leisure presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. He highlighted that the purpose of the report was to provide members with relevant updates on correspondence sent and responses received arising out of requests made by Committee and requests actioned to the Directorate from Full Council.

 

Councillor Doyle referred to the correspondence relating to La Dolce Vita project and noted that Council had undertaken to write to various stakeholders. He commented that he had recently been made aware of an issue within an organisation in his DEA in relation to the HSCB Fair Play Grants Scheme and queried as a non-Committee Member if he could ask Officers to write to HSCB regarding the overall amount of funding within the scheme as he felt a number of organisations within the District had missed out on this funding.

 

Councillor Tierney declared a Pecuniary interest relating to this item and left the meeting for the discussion.

 

Councillor Harkin referred to the correspondence received from the Health Minister in response to the demand for a real pay rise for health care workers. He advised that he was stunned that the Minister had already accepted the Conservative party’s recommendation and planned to implement Boris Johnson’s paltry pay offer. He detailed that the offer of 3% was below the inflation rate of 4% which in effect would impose a real –terms pay cut on health and social care workers. He stated this would not help with the morale of health heroes. He advised that he felt the Mayor’s plan to install an art installation to honour health care workers was not what the public wanted at present.

 

Councillor Harkin Proposed, seconded by Councillor Farrell

 

ThatCouncil is disappointed at the Health Minister’s decision to

fully accept Boris Johnson’s paltry pay recommendation of 3% for our health and social care workers. With inflation running at close to 4% this is a real terms pay cut. Council calls on the Stormont Executive to ensure the Health Minister does not impose this insulting pay recommendation on our health heroes. Furthermore, the Executive should take all possible action to meet the actual pay increase demands of health and social care trade unions.

 

Alderman Devenney stated he understood the sentiments of the proposal, although he stated that Council should accept the offer of 3 percent and request an increase also.

 

Councillor Harkin interpreted that the letter stated the Department’s funds could not even meet a 3 percent pay rise.

 

Alderman Devenney sated he was not opposed to the proposal but merely had concerns that an opposition would delay any pay rise.

 

Councillor M Boyle expressed her support of the proposal.

 

No opposition was expressed. 

 

The Committee

Recommended       That Council is disappointed at the Health Minister’s decision to fully accept Boris Johnson’s paltry pay recommendation of 3% for our health and social care workers. With inflation running at close to 4% this is a real terms pay cut. Council calls on the Stormont Executive to ensure the Health Minister does not impose this insulting pay recommendation on our health heroes. Furthermore, the Executive should take all possible action to meet the actual pay increase demands of health and social care trade unions.

 

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