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;
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.
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;
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.
As members can see momentum is building in relation to the two critical issues of;
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.
Frequently asked questions - INMO Campaign to Improve Staffing Levels
Overview of Proposals
Submission from INMO to the Public Service Pay Commission
INMO Pay Campaign Continues
Industrial action deferred. 04.03.17
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Calls for immediate action