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INO/PNA Will Conclude Voting This Week On A Campaign Which Will Include Forms Of Industrial Action. 29/01/07
Result Will Be Announced At A Press Conference On Friday Morning At 11.00A.M. In INO HQ

        

In the past three weeks the Irish Nurses Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association continued their pay campaign with a series of nine regional meetings, nationwide, which were attended by over 5,000 nurses and midwives.  Balloting on the plan of action, which will include industrial action, will conclude this week and the result will be announced at a press conference in INO Head Quarters at 11.00a.m. on Friday, February 2nd.

Also over the past three weeks both unions have met, at national level, with the leadership of all political parties in Dail Eireann. The parties have agreed to give a written statement, with their position on the nurses/ midwives priority issues, to the nursing unions and this will be published and distributed to the 40,000 plus members of both organisations.

At constituency level both unions continue to meet with TD’s and Senators, and aspiring TD’s and Senators, and the individual public representative’s response will be sent to the members of both unions in that constituency.

Speaking this morning INO General Secretary Liam Doran said:

“The past three weeks have proved conclusively that our members are acutely aware of the inequitable, and unfair, arrangements that exist with regard to working hours and pay, and have demonstrated, by the large numbers attending the regional and workplace meetings, their resolve to have these inequities and anomalies addressed as part of this campaign. 

We are now in the final days of our nationwide ballot and the result will be announced on Friday morning.  Throughout this period we have remained available for constructive discussion, with health service management, but the one meeting held to date proved inconclusive although both sides remain in contact.”

Mr Doran continued:  “The INO and PNA come to this process with an agenda for reform but, at the same time, a total and complete determination to achieve a 35 hour week for nurses and midwives and the elimination of pay anomalies and inequities which sees the nurse and midwife with the lowest pay and longest working week of all health professionals.

In conclusion, Mr Doran said:“If our members vote in favour of the plan then a phased timetable of industrial action will be announced on Friday.

This is not necessary and can and should be avoided by health service management engaging immediately in constructive negotiations.”

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