Attention All INMO Members
As you may have seen there have been a number of developments, since our last update, with regard to issues arising from the ongoing talks on a possible extension to the Croke Park Agreement.
Arising from these developments I would ask you to note the following:
1. INMO Executive Council
The INMO Executive Council met yesterday, Tuesday, 5th February 2013, and considered, in great detail, all of the issues and concerns arising from the talks process to date.
As a result the Executive Council has decided that the current approach, by the government side, disproportionally attacks the pay of frontline workers, including nurses and midwives, and could not possibly form the basis of any agreement. The Executive Council has decided the INMO, in the next engagements with the management side, will have them confirm that they will adopt a more realistic approach, to the process, which will reflect the fact that frontline works have nothing more to give and cannot suffer a further reduction in their income.
2. 24/7 Frontline Services Alliance
The co-ordinating committee, of the 24/7 Alliance, met this morning, Wednesday, 6th February 2013, to further consider how, working collectively, all of the member organisations can adopt a collective strategy which will protect the income of all frontline workers e.g. nurses, midwives, prison officers, gardai and other emergency workers.
As a result of this the Alliance has decided to commence the first phase of a nationwide information campaign, for all members. This will be to identify the draconian impact, on members take home pay, from the range of options tabled by management as part of the talks process.
The first steps of this campaign involve the following:
a joint press conference, involving members of the Executive Councils of all five organisations, will take place next Tuesday, 12th February 2013, to detail the serious impact of the management proposals on the income of frontline workers;
on Monday, 18th February 2013, in Croke Park, at 7.30 p.m., a national meeting, of the activists/members of all of the 24/7 Alliance organisations, will take place to allow for further consultation and information;
a submission is to be made, to Mr. Brendan Howlin TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, summarising the draconian nature of the measures tabled, to date, by his officials on frontline workers and to seek his response on same; and
a nationwide lobbying campaign, using this submission, is then to commence, with all TDs and Senators, jointly with members of the 24/7 Alliance, in each constituency, seeking to establish the views of each public representative with regard to this issue.
The Executive Council of the INMO cannot overemphasise the importance of the issues that are now arising, for the Organisation, on behalf of its members with regard to these talks on a possible extension to the Croke Park Agreement. In this regard it is vital that members fully update themselves, with regard to all of the information we will be giving out, in the coming days, and, if possible, attend the national meeting in Croke Park or the subsequent local meetings.
The INMO Executive Council is determined, working collectively with these fellow organisations that also represent essential frontline staff, to take every measure possible, preferably through negotiations, to protect the income of our members.
A further update will issue following any further engagements with management or other developments.
Thank you for your attention to this note and please give it the widest possible circulation in your workplace and bring it to the attention of all members.