Put your money where my mouth is….

…seems to be the message from the Broad Left / Socialist Party candidate Padraig / Patrick Mulholland.

According to a statement from NIPSA branch 121 Padraig / Patrick will refuse to accept any pay increase if he wins the election for the post of General Secretary because Padraig / Patrick “shares the view of those on the left of the union that it is not reasonable for the General secretary to be paid a salary that far exceeds the average wage of the members and has stated that if elected he will donate anything above his current salary back in to the trade union and labour movement.”.


This is a bold move / promise from Padraig / Patrick and it deserves some scrutiny. Firstly we don’t know what Padraig / Patrick’s current salary is and secondly as a union who at this years conference stated that membership numbers were dwindling, and that asking members for an increase in subscriptions was a very real possibility, one would have to ask why the Broad Left have allegedly promised one of their more prominent members in DSD in exchange for her not running for the position of General Secretary, that in the event that Padraig / Patrick wins the election they will create a second Deputy General Secretary post for her to hold.

If true this raises the question how does creating another £50,000(?) a year post at a cost to the membership help offset the financial difficulties that the NIPSA Treasurer has stated the union is in?

Will Broad Left members earning in excess of “the average wage of the members” be following Padraig / Patrick’s lead and donating any excess to fund this new Deputy General Secretary post?

We’ll have to wait and see.

In the interim its probably an appropriate time to consider the old Thatcher quote:
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”


How to be anti sectarian and prove your anti sectarian credentials.

1: Encourage activist members of a particular caucus to stop drinking in the 3C’s (Central Catholic Club) in central Belfast and using it as a proxy headquarters.

2: Stop using the Irish version of your name which you have previously insisted on people using.

3: Make sure to change your Facebook address. Ooops!  https://www.facebook.com/padraig.mulholland.58

And they’re off!

Two primary runners for the position of NIPSA General Secretary have announced their candidacies. They are Padraig / Patrick Mulholland and Alison Millar. Interestingly Padraig / Patrick’s intention to stand was announced by the Socialist Party which gives a clear and unambiguous message as to where he’s coming from. He is standing on a Broad Left / Socialist ticket.

The Socialist Party have for years been trying to find a means of improving on their poor performance in the polls in local elections here in Northern Ireland and quite some time ago decided that a means to do this would be by using the NIPSA union as a vehicle to achieve that aim.

It remains to be seen if the other left grouping NIPSA Unity will be fielding a candidate

So here we are.

Here you can read more on the two candidates Padraig / Patrick Mulholland  and Alison Millar.