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INO Says Second Public Service Pay Cut In Nine Months Will Cause Real Hardship

PRESS RELEASE, Wednesday, 09 December  2009

The Irish Nurses Organisation (INO), views as grossly unfair, short-sighted, damaging and provocative the government decision, announced in today’s Budget, to apply a second pay cut, in nine months, to nurses, midwives and all public servants.

This second pay cut, which will result in a cumulative 14% pay reduction, on public servants who are on low and medium incomes, will result in grave hardship and, in many cases, the simple reality that they will not be able to meet their living expenses.

In the health area nurses and midwives, who are already under pressure from the recruitment embargo and ever increasing demands for service, will view this second pay cut as being grossly unfair.

Speaking this evening INO General Secretary Liam Doran said:

“This government has now compounded its grave mistake of last Friday, 4th December 2009, when it walked away from talks with public service unions, by acting unilaterally and imposing a most unfair, unjust and inequitable second pay cut on all of its employees.

Nurses and midwives, already stretched beyond breaking point to maintain safe quality care will never accept the imposition of this second cut, upon their very ordinary incomes, while they are being expected to consistently meet the ever increasing levels of demand placed upon them.

The INO will play a very active part in every aspect of the campaign, to be finalised by all public service unions, which will begin shortly to seek the reversal of this draconian and short-sighted measure”.

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