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INO Bantry Branch Calls On All Cork And Kerry Nurses And Midwives, And Members Of The Public, To Support The Bantry General Hospital Work Stoppage Tomorrow. 16/04/07


JOINT PRESS RELEASE, Monday, April 16th, 2007

Members of the Irish Nurses Organisation at Bantry General Hospital are today putting the finishing touches to their contingency plan in relation to tomorrow’s work stoppage.  The Bantry Branch of the INO is calling on all available nurses and midwives in the Cork/Kerry area, and members of the public, to come and support the short work stoppage which will be held between11.00a.m. and 12 noon.

Speaking this morning, INO Industrial Relations Officer, Patsy Doyle said:

“The Bantry Branch of the INO is calling on the government to listen to and hear the nurses/midwives’ position from the front lines i.e.:

  • That the future of the nursing and midwifery professions lies in the immediate concession of a 35 hour working week for all nurses and midwives and they will not be deflected from their absolute focus on securing this vital change to their working lives.   
  • That the pay anomaly, where social care workers earn €3,000 more than the nurses they report to, is economically unjust and inherently unfair and needs immediate adjustment.  
  • That, the constant deflections, criticisms and spin-doctoring which government has engaged in has merely strengthened the resolve of nurses and midwives to continue this campaign to the bitter end.

INO members in Bantry General Hospital and surrounding areas will mount a determined protest at the gate of the Hospital at 11.00a.m.  Their loudest call will be to government to move from their polarised thinking on the claims to embracing a climate for political resolution of the dispute.”




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