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INO Members Vote By Over Four To One To Defend Pay And Conditions - 85% Vote In Favour Of Industrial Action

PRESS RELEASE - Tuesday, 09 November 2009

The Irish Nurses Organisation (INO), following a nationwide ballot of its members, has voted by over four to one (85%) in favour of taking industrial action, in conjunction with other public service unions, to protect members from further attacks on their existing pay and conditions of employment.

The ballot, which was initiated against a background of repeated threats from governments to impose further pay cuts on nurses, midwives and all public servants, took place over the past three weeks in all health service workplaces across the country.

The mandate now obtained allows the INO, if found necessary, to have its members engage in industrial action, involving the withdrawal of labour, with the maintenance of all essential/ emergency services.

The INO, together with other health service unions, will now meet with health service employers, on this Thursday afternoon, 12th November 2009, to begin the process of agreeing contingency planning for the possible first day of action, across the public service, which is scheduled for Tuesday, 24th November 2009.

Speaking following today’s ballot result INO General Secretary Liam Doran said:

“The strength of the mandate obtained today, at 85%, confirms the depth of anger and concern, amongst nurses and midwives, with regard to the threat of further cuts on their pay and conditions.

The INO, through its affiliation with ICTU, is currently involved in discussions, with public sector employers, and we will continue to work to see if any acceptable agreement can be found.

However the mandate obtained today will now ensure that the INO is fully involved, with all public sector trade unions, in whatever level, and duration, of industrial action is necessary to defend our members from any further, unilateral, cuts in their pay and conditions of employment”.


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