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INMO Campaign Of Action To Reverse Pay Cuts To Pre-Registration Nurses/Midwives Continues. 15.02.11
- Protest March and Rally to be held in Dublin, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 16th.

PRESS RELEASE,  Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will hold a national protest march and rally in Dublin tomorrow, Wednesday, February 16th.  This is the second phase of its campaign to reverse pay cuts to pre-registration nurses and midwives and will be attended by members from all four years of the degree course and supported by qualified members. 

They will gather in Parnell Square (north side), at approximately 12 noon and the march will commence at 12.30p.m. Members will proceed, in uniform, to the Department of Health where a letter, calling on the in-coming Minister to reverse this decision, will be handed in.

Later that afternoon a delegation will meet with some of the political parties to learn of their response to our demand for the cuts to be completely reversed.

In that regard the announcement by current Minister for Health, Mary Coughlan, TD that a review of the earlier decision to cut fourth year pay had been initiated, has been considered by the INMO.  The Organisation, in considering this development, would point out the following:

the government’s decision to review this matter is welcome but does not go far enough;

the statement is also inadequate as it appears to suggest that the outcome of the review will still lead to a reduction in pay with the amount being unspecified; and, 

the proposed review is also wholly inadequate as it does not include a reversal of the pay cut imposed upon current fourth years undertaking the pre-registration placement. 

Notwithstanding these reservations the INMO has indicated its willingness to participate in this review in our efforts to secure a full reversal of this wholly unnecessary and unwarranted attack upon working pre-registration nurses and midwives.

Following tomorrow the INMO will inform its 6,000 pre-registration members of what each political party is saying on this matter, and ask them to consider this when casting their vote at next week’s general election. It must be remembered that over 4,000 students participated in the lunchtime protests last week.  Members of the INMO have the capacity to influence the outcome of the upcoming election as it would have a block vote of over 200,000 citizens.

Following these two days of action, if there is no resolution, the Organisation will ballot all 4th year pre-registration nurses/midwives for a withdrawal of labour with industrial action commencing in early March.

In addition, this unilateral pay cut:

  • has been referred to the Labour Court following an LRC Conciliation Hearing at which health employers refused to identify the person who decided to introduce ‘slave labour’ into our health service, saying only that it was a government decision.  Department of Finance and Health Officials insisted that the Law on Information and Consultation did not apply to government decisions;
  • will be the subject of payment of wages claims to the Rights Commissioner 
    Service for breach of contract; and,
  • will be referred for investigation under equality legislation.

Speaking today, INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:

“Pre-registration nurses and midwives are the lowest paid grade in the health service.  They work full rosters, replacing qualified staff and are filling gaps in the service that otherwise would have to be paid at staff nurse/midwife level.

This government decision was wrong, is fundamentally flawed and should be reversed, without equivocation immediately.”

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