Union to challenge PSNI deal in court
Northern Ireland's biggest public sector union has cleared the first stage in its legal bid to stop the police from hiring up to 1,000 temporary staff on a £180m contract.
A High Court judge yesterday granted Nipsa leave to seek a judicial review of the Chief Constable's plan to outsource the police’s support service jobs to a private security firm.
The case will now proceed to a full hearing later this year.
Nipsa, which has more than 1,200 members working within the PSNI, claims that it is unlawful to use external contractors for the work.
It was established in court yesterday that the union’s case has enough merit to proceed.
The police say that their recruitment policy is fully compliant with the law.
A barrister for the PSNI confirmed that the union's challenge would be “robustly” contested.
Mr Justice Treacy listed the case for hearing on December 14.