INMO Executive recommends nurses and midwives vote to accept proposals

The nurses and midwives forming the INMO’s Executive Council today (Wednesday) recommended that members vote to accept proposals aimed at resolving their recent strike.
 
The Labour Court has recommended in the INMO’s favour on the disputed parts of the proposed new contract for staff nurses and midwives. Their recommendation:

 
The INMO Executive will now move to ballot members, beginning on the 8th of April.
 
The deal members will be voting on includes:

 
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
 
“This Labour Court recommendation is a total vindication for what the INMO has said about the government’s draft contract. The government’s proposals were completely unreasonable and we are glad to see the Court has recognised this.  There is no longer anything to fear in this new contract. The nurses and midwives of our Executive Council have now decided to fully recommend this deal to members. It does not resolve all our issues, but we believe it is a significant step forward for nurses, midwives and patients across Ireland. 
This deal gives our health service a real chance to recruit and retain nurses and midwives and compete with international recruiters.   
The deal includes safe staffing levels, increases in take-home pay, and more promotional opportunities.”
 
INMO President Martina Harkin-Kelly said:
 
“This is a hard-won deal. The elected Executive Council and I will be recommending that members vote to accept it.  This is a good deal for all nurses and midwives and we are confident that the independent expert group will, in phase 2, deliver for our members in managerial roles.  I am particularly glad to note the new contract’s provision that nurses and midwives will be in a leading position for the coming healthcare reforms.”
 
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