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INO Members In Sligo General Hospital Vote In Favour Of Labour Court Recommendation. 15/06/09

PRESS RELEASE, Monday, June 15th, 2009

Members of the Irish Nurses Organisation, who recently engaged in one day of industrial action at Sligo General Hospital, have voted by over 90%, in favour of the recent Labour Court Recommendation. 

Nurses and Midwives had taken the action in an effort to achieve safe staffing levels in Sligo General Hospital where a number of temporary staff had been let go and management had proposed further cuts in nursing staff as cost containment measures.  Members of the INO and SIPTU deferred a second day of action in order to have their grievances heard at an urgent Labour Court hearing. 

The Court’s recommendation provides for the offer of re-employment, with the HSE, of the 19 temporary nurses who were let go and a requirement for the continuation of all other temporary staff until a review of nurse staffing levels, to be carried out by an agreed external expert, is completed.

Speaking today, INO Industrial Relations Officer, Noreen Muldoon said:

“Our members are committed to achieving the best possible care for patients attending the hospital.  The nursing service in Sligo General is being provided solely with the goodwill and flexibility of nurses working under severe and increasing pressure.”

The INO will now be seeking to meet with local HSE management in order to implement the court’s recommendation.


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