Changes to FEMPI Act welcomed

The INMO has welcomed Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin’s announcement that section 2B of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Act 2009, will be deleted.

This is particularly welcome to the INMO as one of the sponsoring unions of a motion at the ICTU Biennial Conference in Belfast in 2013 and also following a motion to its own annual conference in May of this year, which called on the government to “immediately repeal the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013, which granted to ministers the power to alter, without consultation and agreement, terms and conditions of employment of publ ic servants”.

INMO director of industrial relations , Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said: “The announcement by the Minister is very welcome and will be cons idered by the INMO Executive Council. The Organisation also appreciates the fact that the government now recognises that the requirement for this measure on a legislative basis, is not necessary”.

South Tipp PHNs retain flexible working
The Community Care Service, South Tipperary has successfully averted a management proposal to call all present job sharing/flexible time working public health nurses back to full-time employment, reports INMO IRO Mary Power.

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