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HSE Silent As Notice Of Industrial Action Expires. 23/02/2007

        

The twenty-one days notice of industrial action served on the HSE by the Irish Nurses Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association expires today without the parties having discussed the issues at the centre of the dispute during the notice period.  This is in spite of the fact that both the Minister for Health, Mary Harney and An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern have publicly acknowledged the legitimacy of the nurses/midwives grievances.  The Dail All Party Committee on Health and the Fianna Fail Parliamentary Party have also called for talks aimed at avoiding the dispute.
 
Speaking today, Liam Doran, INO General Secretary said: “It is unprecedented that a dispute of such magnitude would be allowed to happen without any effort on the employer’s part to resolve the issues and avoid the potential chaos of industrial action.”

Allowing the notice expire without engagement by employers is likely to harden attitudes among rank and file members of both unions and according to Des Kavanagh, PNA General Secretary “members are more determined than ever to see this dispute through to the bitter end in order to secure the “long overdue” 35 hour week and an end to the ridiculous anomaly which sees nurses paid less than those they supervise.”

The campaign of action involves lunchtime protests, a nationwide work to rule and work stoppages.  The unions have served general notice of their intentions but have reserved the right to embark on specific actions at any time after notice expires.  Attached is a letter sent, today, to health employers confirming the provision of essential services.

All politicians have been lobbied as part of the strategy and it is understood that INO/PNA members may be encouraged to block vote against the Government parties in the general election if the dispute is not settled. 

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