INMO, SIPTU AND PNA to STUDENT NURSE/MIDWIFE MEMBERS
The Lansdowne Road Agreement committed the nursing unions and the HSE to meeting directly and engaging on outstanding issues of: incremental credit for 36 week placement, rate of pay during the fourth year work placement and pre-registration post qualification payment.
The unions met with the HSE today, 25 September 2015 with a view to commencing these discussions.
The unions raised the following points:
The HSE were not in a position to respond and requested a period of three weeks, during which time they will consider the matters and revert to the unions on or before 16 October 2015.
It is the firm belief of the trade unions involved that in the event that the employer refuses to engage in respect of these matters, considering the very serious crisis in nursing/midwifery staffing in the Irish health service, we will be forced into a position of consulting with members to commence a public campaign to highlight the need for urgency in dealing with retention and recruitment of nurses and midwives.
We will, as always, appraise you of any developments in this area. The letter issues to the HSE after today’s meeting is attached to this update notice for your attention.
Phil Ni Sheaghdha, Kevin Figgis, Aisling Culhane
INMO SIPTU Nursing PNA