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INO/PNA Nationwide Ballot Continues - Four Regional Meetings to be held this week. 15/01/06

    

PRESS RELEASE, Monday, January 15th, 2007


The Irish Nurses Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association will continue their nationwide ballot of members this week with Regional Meetings as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 16th – Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross – 8.00p.m.    
  • Wednesday, January 17th – Hotel Kilkenny – 8.00p.m.    
  • Wednesday, January 17th – Manor West Hotel, Tralee – 8.00p.m.   
  • Thursday, January 18th – Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley – 8.00p.m.

The ballot on the campaign for improvements in pay and the introduction of a 35 hour working week will also involve workplace balloting which will conclude on January 31st with the result being announced on Friday, February 2nd.

The political dimension to the campaign also continues with meetings already having been held with the Taoiseach and Leader of Fianna Fail, Mr Bertie Ahern, the Leader of Fine Gael, Mr Enda Kenny, PD Health Spokesperson, Ms Fiona O’Malley and Sinn Fein Health Spokesperson, Mr Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. Meetings will shortly be held with representatives of the Labour Party and the Green Party.  The campaign will also be stepped up around the country where members will meet their local representatives.  Statements received from political parties on how they intend to address our claims will be published.  Furthermore, the response from individual TD’s/Senators will be circulated in their respective constituencies.

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

“Last week almost 2,000 of our activists braved the inclement weather conditions to attend the Regional Meetings held in Cork, Tullamore, Donegal, Galway and Limerick to show their support and ballot for action on our claims.  Hotel rooms were filled to capacity where there was standing room only and the anger and frustration of our members was palpable.
 
Speaker after speaker from the floor said they had waited long enough for a 35 hour week and were not prepared to wait any longer for equity with other health professionals.”

Mr Doran concluded:

“Nurses and midwives are not for turning on this issue.  The only reform in the Irish Health service to date has been senior management earning more money and our members are not prepared to be ignored.”

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