Build a NIPSA that members deserve

A NIPSA activist for over 35 years, and the current Deputy General Secretary, Carmel Gates is the ideal candidate to lead NIPSA post-Covid and build a union that stands up and fights back against austerity.

About Carmel

Experience where it matters

A strong voice for NIPSA members down many years of representing members on both an individual and collective basis.

With many years experience, Carmel was instrumental in delivering Equal pay for some of the lowest paid NIPSA members and the forcing the 2013 Comprehensive Pay & Grading Review.

About Carmel

Advocating for NIPSA members in the media

Carmel has been a strong voice for NIPSA members, in the print media and on radio and television with many appearances on the likes of Talkback, Evening Extra, The View, Hearts & Minds and many other programmes down the years.

Electing a General Secretary with a proven media profile helps NIPSA members get the causes we care about into the public sphere and raises the profile of our campaigns.

How You Can Help

Ask your branch to nominate Carmel

With the support of as many branches as possible we can spread our message further. Branch support is key to getting the vote out and ensuring the legitimacy of the next NIPSA General Secretary.

Ask a work colleague to vote for Carmel

Turnout for the 2021 General Council election was very low, at around 10% of eligible voters.

The General Secretary is one of the most important roles in NIPSA; they are generally the public face of the union so it’s important that you and your colleagues have your say in who that person is

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NIPSA represents tens of thousands of workers across Northern Ireland, in many areas of employment; from schools and libraries to the Housing Executive, NHS and Civil Service. Sharing this page on Social Media will help get our message out about building a better NIPSA for everyone.


We’re backing Carmel

I’m backing Carmel because she clearly has the extensive experience, commitment and knowledge of NIPSA and how it functions, that we need in a General Secretary

Michael Robinson
Civil Service Executive Member
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Carmel Gates has my full support in the NIPSA General Secretary Election. I believe her years as a lay rep, Chair of the Civil Service Group and NIPSA President make Carmel the most qualified candidate for all areas of our union.

Tina Creaney
Chairperson – Civil Service Group Executive Committee
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