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INO/PNA Nationwide Ballot Begins - Regional meetings commence in Cork and Tullamore 8/01/07

    

PRESS RELEASE,  Monday, January 8th, 2007
 
The Irish Nurses Organisation and Psychiatric Nurses Association, in keeping with the plan of action agreed at the National Rally in November, begins a nationwide ballot, of all members, on Tuesday, January 9th with regional meetings in Cork and Tullamore.

These are the first in a series of 8 regional meetings, over the next 10 days, at which members will be briefed on the current status of the two unions’ campaign for improvements in pay and the introduction of a 35 hour working week.  The nationwide ballot, beginning tomorrow, will also involve workplace balloting and will conclude on January 31st with the result being announced on Friday, February 2nd.

The ballot seeks the membership’s endorsement of the plan of action which includes:-

  • discussions with all political parties and individual TDs and Senators; 
  • a nationwide work to rule on a date to be determined; and,  
  • if necessary, withdrawal of labour, for short periods, on a regional basis with emergency services being maintained.

In tandem with the commencement of the nationwide ballot the INO and PNA are scheduled to meet with Mr Enda Kenny, Leader of Fine Gael tomorrow, Tuesday and with Mr Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach and Leader of Fianna Fail, on Wednesday, January 10th to explain the two unions’ approach to these issues and to ascertain their party’s respective positions with regard to these matters which are of acute concern to the 40,000 members. The unions have already met with Sinn Fein and are scheduled to meet the Labour Party on January 23rd.  They are also scheduled to meet with the health employers on Friday, January 19th for discussions on the recent Labour Court Recommendation and its comments in relation to the claim for the 35 hour week for all nurses and midwives.

Speaking this evening, INO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:

“The nationwide ballot, commencing tomorrow, marks the next phase in the two union’s campaign for fair treatment for nurses and midwives, with regard to their working hours, and other pay anomalies. 

The issues can, and should, be resolved through constructive engagement and discussion as both unions are ready and willing to expand the role of the nurse and midwife in tandem with satisfactory progress being made on the claims including the elimination of a pay anomaly, which sees unqualified social care workers reporting to nurses, receive up to €3,000 per annum more in salary, and the introduction of a 35 hour week which is, by management’s admission, the standard working week for the Irish health service.

It is over 25 years since the Labour Court first said that nurses and midwives should be the first to benefit from a reduction in the working week and our 40,000 members will not wait any longer for this recommendation to become a reality.”

Mr Doran concluded:  “It is not our wish, nor our preference, to resort to industrial action, but we are seeking a mandate for such action to be utilised if our preferred option of dialogue and discussion does not realise acceptable progress on these long-standing grievances.”

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