Thursday, 17th January 2013
To: All Nurse/Midwife Graduates
On behalf of my Executive Council, and every member of the INMO, can I begin this update by thanking you, most sincerely, and congratulating you for adhering to the boycott call, with regard to the above programme, which we have made in recent weeks.
Today’s announcement by the HSE that they are extending the closing date, that the number of applicants to date has been “paltry” and that they are seeking to include 2010 and 2011 graduates is graphic proof that this flawed programme has failed to attract applicants.
Now that the HSE has not secured its goal of undermining the worth of new graduates and, indeed, the nursing and midwifery professions, it is more important than ever that the boycott remains in place until the HSE apply common sense to this issue.
The INMO will be raising this issue, at today’s talks on a possible extension to the Croke Park Agreement, reaffirming our view, shared by all unions, that we cannot allow a two-tiered pay structure to become the norm in our health and wider public services.
The attempt to include a larger number of graduates brings into focus, with even greater clarity, the following issues:
- the status of contracts currently applying to the graduates from 2010, 2011 and 2012, which we will insist, through due process if necessary, are fully adhered to; and
- the status of national staff nurse/staff midwife panels upon which a number of our members sit awaiting access to permanent posts - they cannot be stood down, set aside or overlooked while the HSE attempts to give underpaid jobs to new graduates.
In summary thank you again for your loyalty, to yourself, your colleagues, your profession and most of all your patients by sticking with the call for a boycott. You deserve to be paid 100% as you carry 100% of the responsibilities.
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To: All INMO Members
From: Liam Doran, General Secretary
Re: Government Proposal - to recruit 1,000 graduate nurses at 80% of the agreed pay rates
Link to Latest Press Release 20.12.12