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INO and PNA Guarantee Emergency Cover If Dispute Commences, 15/02/07


Joint Press Release, Thursday, February 15th, 2007

At a meeting, this afternoon in the Labour Relations Commission, the Irish Nurses Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association gave an absolute guarantee that all essential nursing care will be provided to patients should a work stoppage take place as part of their campaign for a 35 hour week and other improvements in pay for nurses and midwives.  This emergency cover will be provided on the basis that the members, exempted from the action to provide this cover, will be paid.
The two unions also confirmed that their approach to any part of the campaign of action will always be designed to ensure:
  • that services, where interruption or cessation would endanger life, will be protected;
  • that the life and dignity of all patients will not be put at risk;
  • that they would ensure their members have the ability to respond to unforeseen emergencies; and,
  • the provision of essential services on humanitarian grounds.
The two unions have also confirmed that industrial action would be suspended in the event of the need to activate a major accident plan.
In the context of this position, at national level, the INO and PNA also confirmed that they will notify health service employers, prior to the commencement of any stage of the campaign of action and will, at the same time, provide the names of their local coordinating committee who will then agree and coordinate all necessary contingency plans at local level.
Speaking this evening, INO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:
“The INO and PNA will always recognise and fulfil their obligations to patients who need essential nursing care throughout this campaign of action if it commences.
Management’s failure to meet and discuss the issues causing this dispute represents a complete abdication of their duties at this difficult time.   It is completely illogical that management would focus only on managing a dispute rather than maintaining industrial peace.
The INO and PNA are again calling for immediate discussions, on the major grievances felt by our 40,000+ nurse and midwife members across the country.  In calling for these discussions we will come to the table with an agenda for reform in return for making progress on our claims some of which have been outstanding for over 27 years.”
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