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News Update 4 - 18th November 2016
National Campaign 2016

Dear Member,

 
I refer to my previous updates outlining the Organisation’s strategy in pursuance of progress on the critical issues of:
  •     pay restoration.
  •     staffing levels;
  •     working hours; and
  •     workloads.

1.    Pay Restoration and reversal of FEMPI measures.

The INMO and all Public Service Trade Unions have called for an immediate engagement with Government to discuss accelerated pay restoration, reversal of the pension levy and additional hours imposed by FEMPI legislation. 

This collective, united, approach presents the strongest prospect of applying pressure on Government to restore public service pay and conditions in the shortest possible timeframe. If government fails to respond positively then Congress unions will move to campaigns of Industrial action.

2.    Safe Staffing Campaign 

In relation to the forthcoming national ballot I wish to advise you of the following;

  • The Organisation’s Executive Council is meeting, in special session, on this Monday evening.  

This is to review, and finalise, all documentation, including the ballot paper, for the forthcoming local information meetings and national ballot in relation to our demands for staffing / recruitment / retention (including pay) initiatives to begin addressing the current crises.  

  • Information meetings and balloting will commence from Thursday 24th November and conclude on Thursday 15th December. In the coming days members, will be advised, of local meetings and balloting arrangements, and you are asked to watch out for same. 

It is vitally important that members fully inform themselves and exercise their democratic right to vote by secret ballot. 

3.    Meeting with Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD

Ahead of the decision to hold a National Ballot the Executive Council had sought a direct meeting with the Minister for Health as part of the strategy to address the severe staffing crisis. 

Minister Simon Harris TD, met the President Martina Harkin Kelly, 1St Vice President Mary Leahy, myself and members of the INMO management team, yesterday (Thursday). In a robust exchange the President, and our delegation, left the Minister in no doubt about the level of disillusionment and frustration felt by a Nursing and Midwifery workforce close to breaking point.   At this meeting the INMO delegation, advised the Minister, also in a very robust and forthright manner, of the crises that continues to grow with regard to staffing levels and the failure to recruit/retain nursing and midwifery staff.

The Organisation demanded that the Minister ensure adequate funding for several critical issues including; 

  • The 1,000 additional nursing/midwifery posts announced in the budget; 
  • Special measures to assist with recruitment / retention against the reality of the health service continuing to lose nursing/midwifery posts; 
  • Delivery of the agreed initiatives to fill all vacant nursing / midwifery posts in such areas as ED, and other specialist areas;
  • The funding to continue implementing the recommendations from the Taskforce of Medical/Surgical staffing; and
  • To deliver the additional midwifery posts provided for as part of implementing the National Maternity Strategy.

In response to these issues the Minister undertook to have his department respond, in writing, outlining the status of all ongoing work in relation to these matters. In the context of the organisation’s decision to commence a ballot, seeking special recruitment/retention initiatives within nursing and midwifery, the Minister acknowledged that there was a real problem in relation to nurse/midwife recruitment.  However he stated that this could only be resolved in the context of a collective engagement within the broad parameters of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.  

In replying to this the INMO reaffirmed that nurses and midwives were completely demoralised, at this time, due to intolerable workloads and the persistent disrespect being shown toward them.  We confirmed that, in the absence of real and tangible initiatives, the organisation, following ballot and mandate, will take industrial action to protect the health and safety of our members. 

It was agreed that contacts between the Minister, his Department, and the INMO would continue. 

4.    Summary 

As members can see momentum is building in relation to the two critical issues of; 

  • Staffing / Recruitment / Retention initiatives to ensure adequate staffing and a safe working environment for members; and
  • Accelerated pay restoration through the collective action of all public service unions.

In view of this members are asked to be vigilant, for further updates / developments, and to attend local information meetings and, of course, to cast their ballot in the coming weeks. 

Thank you for your attention to the update. 

Yours sincerely 


Liam Doran
General Secretary 

 
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