Members Update 13 - 30.11.17

Dear Colleagues, 

As you are aware, as part of the Public Service Agreement, the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) was requested by Government to examine issues of recruitment and retention within the public service.
As previously notified to you, the Nursing and Midwifery grades was among the first grades to be examined and submissions from employers and trade unions were requested.  The INMO submission was due on 29th November 2017, and I confirm that yesterday, the INMO sent a robust evidence based written submission to the PSPC highlighting;
Next steps 
The Independent Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Recruitment and Retention agreement, of February 2017 (agreement including delegated authority via Section 10 of the Health Act to Directors of Nursing and Midwifery to recruit) Mr Sean McHugh, has advised that he has been requested by the PSPC to attend before them and set out the implementation progress of that agreement.  
The INMO have sought an opportunity to make oral submissions and presentations to the Public Service Pay commission. Additionally, we have requested the opportunity to provide expert testimony to support the evidence in our written submission. 
The process has now started. The Commission must now do its business by examining all evidence presented to it. The evidence presented by the INMO is evidence based and leaves no doubt that the chronic shortage of nurses and midwives will not be addressed until the issue of pay is addressed. 
As members were previously advised the Public Service Pay Commission has advised that it anticipates that their findings/recommendations in respect of Nursing and Midwifery will be issued in June of 2018.
Thank you for your attention to this update,
Is mise,
General Secretary Designate

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