News Update - 8th July 2014
INMO have referred a number of disputes to the Rights Commissioner Service following refusal by management at SVUH to pay the Qualification Allowance to a number of Nurses who have gained a Higher Diploma qualification. The Allowance is normally paid to Nurses who have a Category 2 qualification and working in an area where those skills are being utilised.
INMO have referred a dispute to the LRC following the refusal of management at SVUH to recognise the provisions of a recent Labour Court Recommendation.
SVUH have calculated sick leave in hours rather than shifts. The Labour Court in hearing a similar dispute in the public health services found that management were incorrectly applying the terms of the scheme. The Court stated that an absence on sick leave should be calculated as one absence rather than calculating the absence in hours. This penalises staff who work long shifts on day or night duty.