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News Update 5 - 30th November 2016
National Campaign 2016

Wednesday, 30th November 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.

Arising from further developments I now draw your attention to the following:

1.    PAY RESTORATION

As you may know the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Paschal Donohoe TD, in a statement issued on Tuesday, 29th November 2016, has invited the public service unions, who are party to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA), to talks.  These talks are to discuss the anomalies arising from the recent recommendations, issued by the Labour Court, involving Garda representative bodies.

The Minister’s statement can be accessed via our website (www.inmo.ie). 

The INMO has, in recent weeks, repeatedly called for these early discussions, in many public/media statements, in order to accelerate the restoration of pay to nurses, midwives and all public servants.  Indeed this was part of the strategy, adopted by our Executive Council, at its last meeting on 7th/8th November 2016.

The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress Trade Unions (ICTU), of which the INMO is a member, has welcomed this invitation and it is expected these talks will get under way in the near future.  The statements, issued on Tuesday, 29th November 2016, by the INMO and the Public Services Committee can also be accessed on our website.

The INMO will, as always, be active participants in this process as all public service unions work, collectively, in demanding accelerated pay restoration.  Members will be kept fully advised, on an ongoing basis, of all developments on this very important issue.

2.    NATIONAL BALLOT - STAFFING / RECRUITMENT / RETENTION

As you will also be aware the second strand of the strategy, adopted by the Executive Council, is for a national ballot, seeking a mandate for industrial action, in pursuance of special measures to address the staffing/recruitment/ retention crisis which exists at this time.

Please note that this campaign continues with local information meetings and balloting taking place between now and Wednesday, 14th December 2016.  The count will take place on Thursday, 15th December 2016.

At this time over 130 separate local meetings/balloting opportunities have been arranged and full details, with regard to times, dates and venues, can also be accessed on our website and/or social media platforms.

The initial feedback from the first wave of meetings, held in recent days, is that members are fully supportive of this campaign.  The discussions would indicate that, in the absence of agreed special measures, members are prepared to take action to highlight this crisis and, if necessary, contract services in line with safe staffing levels.

On behalf of the Executive Council all members, who have not yet voted, are asked to cast their ballot, over the coming two weeks, and to give their support to this campaign.  Please encourage all your colleagues to support this important campaign.

3.    PUBLIC SERVICE PAY COMMISSION

In his statement, on Tuesday, 29th November 2016, Minister Paschal Donohoe also referred to the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC).  Members are reminded that this Commission has been established to consider a range of issues regarding public service pay.  The Commission will issue a report, in Quarter 2 of 2017, which will form part of any negotiations, with government, regarding public service pay over the next two/three years.

In his statement Minister Donohoe confirmed that in its first report the Pay Commission will be specifically asked to comment on “particular labour market challenges” which exist.  

The INMO, as part of a delegation from the Public Services Committee, is scheduled to meet with the PSPC on Monday, 12th December 2016.  In any such discussions the INMO will, of course, highlight the deepening crisis, with regard to nurse/midwife recruitment/retention, and we will, in the coming weeks, be making submissions to the Commission on this issue.

SUMMARY

The key messages, at this time, can be summarised as follows:

  • discussions, on accelerated pay restoration, will commence shortly and the public service unions will act collectively in pursuit of progress on this issue; and
  • separate from this development members must continue to vote, and deliver a strong mandate, for the Organisation’s national campaign on staffing/recruitment/ retention.

Thank you for your attention to this note and further updates will issue on an ongoing basis.

Yours sincerely

 

Liam Doran
General Secretary 

 
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