ATTENTION ALL INMO MEMBERS
I refer to our previous updates in relation to matters, of concern to our undergraduate and graduating members, arising from the Haddington Road Agreement.
In this context I wish to advise you of the following;-
1. Undergraduate Nurses/Midwives - Rostered Clinical Placement - Salary
Members will recall that, on the 30th July, we issued an update in relation to the revised salary that is payable, for undergraduate students undertaking their rostered placement, arising from the change in working hours under the Haddington Road Agreement.
It will be recalled that the revised salary resulted in an increase of €500, over the 36 week period, in the context of the 39 hour week. This now equates to 53% of the starting point of the new entrant staff nurse/midwife scale.
At that time the INMO indicated that we remained dissatisfied, with this development, as we held the view that the management side were still incorrectly interpreting/applying the national minimum wage legislation. Following further engagement with the management side no further progress has been made on this issue.
In that context I now wish to confirm that the INMO, with the support of a number of individual members, will be lodging claims, under the relevant labour legislation, seeking the proper application of the minimum wage legislation for this 36 week period. This process will commence, immediately, and progress reports will issue, on an on-going basis, to all members.
2. Staff Nurse/Midwife - Graduate Placement Programme
In relation to the staff nurse/midwife graduate placement programme, and further to our most recent update issued on the 12th September, I wish to advise as follows;-
- The HSE has now confirmed that it has issued a clarification, to employers, reaffirming the context of this programme and the priority of seeking applications from 2013 graduates;
- We understand that the HSE will be announcing, next week, the full details of the educational component, which is an integral part of the staff nurse/midwife graduate placement programme, following completion of the required procurement process. When we have details, of this programme, we will, of course, highlight same through our website and other bulletins/updates;
- We are still engaged, with the HSE, with regard to agreeing the proper salary, payable for the period between completion of the undergraduate programme and registration as a nurse/midwife, as being, at a minimum, the salary of the health care assistant. We expect to conclude these discussions, very quickly, and a further meeting, with management, is planned for next Monday 30th September;
- The HSE has also confirmed that the staff nurse/midwife graduate placement programme is not designed to operate, or to apply, in a location where a post is less than 39 hours or in a specialist area. The HSE has continuously affirmed it is designed for locations where a reduction in agency/overtime expenditure will directly occur as a result of the introduction of the staff nurse/midwife graduate programme;
- The INMO continues to advise members, who graduated in 2011 or 2012, to contact us immediately if any attempt is made, by their employer locally, to replace an existing contract, paying standard salary, with a contract under the staff nurse/midwife programme.
The INMO is acutely aware that these issues are of great concern, to our undergraduate/new graduate members, at this time. We wish to assure all members that we remain actively engaged, on these issues, and that further updates will issue, on a regular basis, with any, and all, developments.
Thank you for your attention to this note and please bring its contents to the notice of colleague members.
With kind regards.
Haddington Road Agreement- Ongoing Implementation
Letter from HSE. 17 Oct. 2013
INMO Welcomes Clarifacation On Cash Equivalent Or Lost Leave Under Incremental Ajustment Section Of HRA.
Letter to Nursing Agencies regarding the Haddington Road Agreement.
LRC Proposals for the PSA (Croke Park 2): Report on the Impact of Proposed Pay Reduction Measures. For the 24/7 Frontline Services Alliance Staff.