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INO Nurses and Midwives Vote to Accept NIB Recommendations. 23/05/07


PRESS RELEASE, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007  

The Irish Nurses Organisation formally announce the result of a ballot of its members in relation to the recommendations of the National Implementation Body.

The NIB recommendations provide for the introduction of a 37.5 hour week from June 1st, 2008 and the establishment of a Commission, chaired by an eminent person, to recommend how and when the 35 hour week should be fully introduced for nurses and midwives.  They also provide for an examination of the enhanced role of the nurse and midwife by the Public Service Benchmarking Body.

The result was as follows:

  • 54% in favour  
  • 46% against

There was a 70% turnout in the poll.

Liam Doran, General Secretary said the result now allowed the campaign for a 35 hour week and fair recognition for nurses and midwives enter a new procedural phase.  He said INO would fight as hard through those procedures as it has done in the successful protest campaign which members have supported over the past seven weeks.

“I would like to pay tribute to the many nurses and midwives in this country who over the past seven weeks have brought their case to the public in a dignified and peaceful manner and have not posed any risk to their patients.  I fully realise that many of our members are disappointed that their goals have not yet been fully achieved but I call on the other parties to this dispute to now play their part in ensuring that nurses and midwives can at last have confidence in a procedure that will be fair to them.  It is the unity displayed by INO members that has brought us this far and it is that same unity which will underscore our ability to make procedures work for us.”

The work to rule will now officially end at 8.00a.m. on tomorrow, Thursday, May 24th.

“We wish to thank the general public and particularly the thousands of patients in our public hospitals who demonstrated their support for nurses and midwives throughout this campaign” concluded Mr Doran.


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