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INO Will Oppose Any Reductions In The Pay Of Nurses And Midwives. 25/08/09

 The Irish Nurses Organisation, arising from comments made by the Minister for Health and Children, Ms. Mary Harney TD, yesterday, has reiterated its outright opposition to any attempt, by government or the HSE, to reduce the pay and allowances currently paid to nurses and midwives.

The INO would remind the government that nurses and midwives through: 

  •  the imposition of the 7.5% pension levy; 
  •  the reduction, of 1,600 nursing posts in the past 18 months; and
  •  the continued non-filling of all posts that fall vacant and the HSE’s continued initiative to terminate the employment of all staff with less than 12 months service;

are already contributing more than their fair share towards the country’s current difficulties and the need to stabilise our public finances. 

It is also necessary to reiterate that nurses and midwives are not well paid, compared to many other sectors of the economy, and did not, in any way, contribute to the current economic mess which was brought about by the actions of government and a reckless banking sector.

The INO will protect its members with, if necessary, industrial action if there is any attempt to impose pay cuts on its members.

In addition the INO will also be active participants in discussions, across public service unions, with regard to any initiative, thought necessary, to protect the income of other essential public servants, providing essential public services, on a 24/7 basis.

 Speaking today INO General Secretary said:

Nurses and midwives, through a combination of the pension levy and the loss of frontline posts, are already contributing more than their fair share to address our economic difficulties. It is frontline staff, particularly nurses and midwives, that are bearing the brunt of these staffing cuts, which amount to over 1,600 in the past 18 months, and, despite this, nurses and midwives continue to strive to deliver safe care to their patients.

Against this background the INO will mobilise, as required, to defend the total income of our members, whether in the form of pay or allowances, while also striving to maintain safe standards of care to patients and clients”.

 

 

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