Recruitment & Retention Phase 2 - Update 6


A Chairde,

After nearly a month of balloting, the results are in. 62% of you have voted to accept the proposals.

These proposals represent substantial progress for our professions. 

Tens of thousands of nurses and midwives will see their pay increase, with more to come for management grades. More will get allowances which they were not previously eligible for, all allowances will increase, and there will be additional promotional opportunities for nurses and midwives.

Crucially, we now have funding for the safe staffing framework – a scientific method to determine how many nurses are needed and move away from only providing the staff that budgets allow.

We did not gain this progress because we asked for it. We gained this because YOU fought for it. 

We will now focus on implementing the proposals fully and ensuring that the employer lives up to their side of the bargain. These proposals were hard-won – we must ensure they become reality without delay.

The INMO will use this progress as a base from which to campaign to further improve conditions for our professions and our patients further.

Over the past months of this campaign, I’ve attended meetings with members across the country. One thing was clear: members’ faith in the public sector employers is at an all-time low.

There is rightly a deep anger and frustration at the conditions in which nurses and midwives are forced to work. There is a large gap between the care we are trained to provide, and what can actually be offered in practice. 

These proposals will not resolve all our problems – no single solution ever could. But they will make substantial improvements to your working lives and encourage more nurses and midwives to practice in Ireland. 

I wish to thank the nurses and midwives on our strike committees, our reps and members for their incredible dedication and hard work over the past months. They have worked long hours, in difficult conditions, under immense pressure, often on top of their day jobs.

The manner in which this strike was conducted demonstrated the very best of nursing and midwifery. Patient safety was protected and your workplace committees ran things with precision and skill.

Thanks are also due to our President, elected officers, and Executive Council for their tireless work and brave decisions throughout this dispute. 

We also owe the public a debt of gratitude. We work hard for them when they need us, but when we went on strike, they were with us all the way. 

As this vote concludes, I would encourage everyone to remain fully engaged in our union. 

As professionals with a common interest, we can only move forward together. Striking is the most visible part of union work, but the day-to-day democracy and care for your fellow members is key to improving our workplaces, livelihoods and conditions for patients.

I will update you on the steps we are taking to implement the proposals you have voted on. We will immediately seek a meeting with the government to make what you have voted on a reality.

Le meas,

General Secretary


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