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INO To Commence Nationwide Ballot For Industrial Action To Protect Members From Further Cuts In Pay And Conditions. 06/10/09

PRESS RELEASE

The Executive Council of the Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) has decided, at its meeting today (Tuesday, 6th October 2009), to commence a nationwide ballot, of all members in the public health service.

The purpose of this ballot is to seek a mandate for industrial action in the event of there being any attempts, by government or public service employers, to further reduce the pay and conditions of employment of nurses and midwives (including any attempt to cut premium pay and allowances).

This decision was taken in the context of the failure of the government to give guarantees that there would be no further cuts in the pay (including premium pay and allowances) and other conditions of employment, of public servants including nurses and midwives.  In its discussions the INO Executive Council noted the repeated references, by government ministers, that further cuts in the pay, of public servants, was under review and discussion.

The INO, in commencing this ballot, would reiterate that nurses and midwives, together with their public service colleagues, have already suffered a very significant cut in their pay in the form of a 7.5% pension levy (which, in effect, was a straight pay reduction) in addition to increased levies which were applied to all PAYE workers.

The net effect of these pay reductions, already imposed by government, can be clearly seen in the in this appendix which demonstrates the impact, of these cuts, on a staff nurse/midwife at the minimum and maximum of their pay scale, as compared to other PAYE workers.  For example the staff nurse on €45,000 per annum (15 years qualified) has already had their pay reduced by €372 per month.

The nationwide ballot will be completed by Monday, 2nd November 2009 and the outcome will be considered, by the INO’s Executive Council, when it meets on Tuesday, 3rd November 2009.

In addition the Executive Council, at its meeting today, reaffirmed its full support for the ICTU campaign “There is still a better, fairer way” and will be calling upon all available members to participate in the protest rallies scheduled for Friday, 6th November 2009.

Speaking after the meeting INO General Secretary Liam Doran said:

“This ballot is being commenced against the background of the government repeatedly stating that further cuts in the pay and conditions of public services are being actively considered.

This fact, when taken with the McCarthy Report - which overtly attacks frontline staff - and the government’s approach to the banks, where anything they require is immediately conceded, has left our Executive Council with no choice but to prepare for major industrial action to defend our members’ very livelihoods”.

Mr. Doran concluded:

“The INO will continue to liaise with other public service unions to ensure the most effective resistance possible to any and all further attacks upon the welfare of our members and fellow public servants”.

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