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Patricia McKeown of the trade union Unison, has described a meeting with Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith as positive.

By Gemma Murray
Thursday, 5th December 2019, 3:23 pm

She described the meeting, which happened at Stormont House amid a dispute between health workers and management over pay and staffing levels which has sparked widespread industrial action, as a "political meeting, not a negotiation".

"I think there will be movement. Obviously we have to wait to hear what the department and the employers... I don't want to pre-empt those negotiations, but I think it was a positive meeting," she said. the health service on their shoulders day and daily."

She said they now "await feedback from the Secretary of State as to those next steps".

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