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INO AND PNA Members Give Massive Endorsement To Campaign Of Action. 02/02/07

JOINT PRESS RELEASE, Friday, February 2nd, 2007

The Irish Nurses Organisation and Psychiatric Nurses Association today, Friday, 2nd February, announced that the result of the nationwide ballot, confirmed members had given huge support to the campaign of action which seeks the introduction of a 35-hour working week, for nurses and midwives, and progress on other priority pay related claims.

The exact result of the two ballots was as follows:

  • INO  - 96% in favour;  
  • PNA - 97% in favour.

The two unions will now be serving 21 days notice on the Health Service Executive.  At the end of this period both unions reserve the right to commence any element of the action plan, which includes:

  • a nationwide work to rule; and  
  • short duration rolling work stoppages;

without further notice.

In addition, the two unions are announcing three lunch hour protests as follows:

  • Monday, 26th February: Cork University Hospital;   
  • Friday, 2nd March: University College Hospital, Galway; and Regional Hospital, Limerick;
  • Friday, 9th March: Mater Hospital, Dublin.

These lunch hour protests will not affect patient services. 

The two unions will be inviting all local TDs and Senators to attend the protests and to address the members to indicate their position on the campaign. 

Both unions also note the unanimous adoption, by the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, yesterday, of a motion calling upon the Government to immediately commence discussions, with the INO and PNA, on their substantial claims and “to take all reasonable steps towards ensuring equitable conditions apply in the health service”.

This campaign is constructed in such a manner as to minimise disruption to patient services while maximising the disruption to health service management who have failed completely to recognise and address these legitimate claims.

The INO and PNA, as we have consistently stated, remain available for immediate discussions on these matters and will approach such discussions with a reforming agenda leading to tangible benefits for nurses and midwives and the health service as a whole.

Speaking this morning, INO General Secretary, Liam Doran said

“The mandate that our members have given represents a tremendous endorsement of, and solidarity with, this campaign.  It also represents a public manifestation of the deep anger and frustration felt by nurses and midwives at their treatment at the hands of health service management who continue to look after themselves. Our 40,000 plus members have spoken and it is time the government and health service employers listened.”

Des Kavanagh, PNA General Secretary, concluded:

“This ballot result confirms the determination of our combined membership to make progress on these issues which have been outstanding for years.  We remain available for, and look forward to, constructive discussions with government and health service employers.

However, if these do not begin then the clock has started ticking and we will not hesitate to commence this campaign and continue it until we achieve justice and equity for our members.”


 Eight Claims

 Motion Unanimously Passed by the Oireachtas 1/2/07



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