INMO to Ballot on Expanded Proposals on Staffing/Recruitment/Retention Crisis
- Industrial action, planned for Tuesday, March 7, 2017, deferred
The Executive Council of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), has unanimously decided, following detailed consideration of expanded proposals on the staffing/recruitment/retention crisis, to ballot members, on those proposals, and defer planned industrial action due to commence next Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
The Executive Council has also decided, for strategic reasons, to recommend that members accept the proposals to secure immediate steps to address the staffing/ recruitment/retention crisis existing at this time.
The Executive Council, in its assessment of developments, arising from the recent discussions, has also determined that the current agreement is incapable of recognising, and responding, to the extent of the difficulties facing the health service at this time.
In that context, if the members accept these proposals, the INMO will be approaching the planned discussions, on a successor to the LRA, requiring that any new agreement is constructed to ensure that the labour market challenges, facing nursing/midwifery, can, and will, be addressed in a manner which will resolve the recruitment/retention issue in the medium to long term.
The Organisation will now put in place arrangements for this ballot, in workplaces across the country, with a view to having it completed by the end of March.