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News Update 6 - 8th December 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.    NATIONAL CAMPAIGN - COUNTDOWN - SEVEN DAYS LEFT TO CAST YOUR BALLOT

As you receive this email there are seven days left, up to Wednesday, 14th December 2016, for all members to cast their vote in our national ballot seeking a mandate, for industrial action if necessary, in pursuance of special measures to assist with staffing/recruitment/retention.

Full details of all local meetings, and balloting opportunities, can be found here - and INMO Facebook page - please check out and have your say if you have not already voted.

As previously advised the ballot will be counted, on Thursday, 15th December 2016, and the result announced that day.  The Organisation’s Executive Council is also scheduled to meet, that afternoon, to consider the outcome of the ballot, review developments in relation to all relevant matters and determine next steps.

2.    PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS - CAMPAIGN FOR ACCELERATED PAY RESTORATION

The Public Services Committee, of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), of which the INMO is a member met on Tuesday afternoon, 6th December 2016, to review developments in relation to securing acceleration of pay restoration arising from recent developments.

At this meeting it was confirmed that the government will, in the coming days, engage with the Public Services Committee in an effort to reach agreement on the anomalies that have now arisen following the recent Labour Court Recommendation for Gardaí.   It is expected that these discussions will commence, before Christmas, and will be completed before the end of January.  This meeting of the public service unions reaffirmed the need for a collective approach to the acceleration of pay restoration in the context of recent developments and an improving economy.

Members will be kept fully advised of all developments once these discussions, with government, commence in the near future.

3.    PUBLIC SERVICE PAY COMMISSION

The Public Services Committee, of ICTU, including myself as INMO General Secretary, are scheduled to meet, for the first time, with the recently established Public Service Pay Commission, on next Monday, 12th December 2016.

The preliminary submission, from the Public Services Committee, to the Pay Commission can be accessed here...

At this initial meeting it is expected that the Commission will detail how it intends to carry out its work so that it can issue a report before the end of the first quarter of 2017, as requested by the Government.   In turn this report, which must particularly highlight sectors with “labour market challenges”, will form the basis upon which direct discussions, between the Public Services Committee and Government, on the issue of further restoration/increases in public service pay, which are expected to commence in April of next year.

It is also expected that the Pay Commission will invite unions to make their own submissions, in the coming weeks, before it begins to finalise its first report.  In that regard the INMO is already preparing its own submission which will identify a number of issues including:

  • the significant labour market challenges, facing the recruitment/ retention of nurses/midwives in Ireland, and the reality of better terms and conditions being offered in the Irish private healthcare sector and overseas; 
  • the need to remove the unpaid hours, currently worked by nurses and midwives, above those of other health professionals, in the Irish health service, leading to a standard working week; and
  • the need for nurses/midwives pay to be aligned with the salaries of all other degree level health professionals, working in the public health service, so that you have a standard pay structure for all such professionals.

Members will be kept fully advised of all engagements with the Public Services Commission on an ongoing basis.

4.    PAYMENT OF TIME PLUS ONE-SIXTH UNSOCIAL HOURS PREMIUM - ACUTE HOSPITALS    

Members, working in acute hospitals, will be aware that, following agreement on the transfer of tasks subject to necessary resources and education where necessary, all nurses and midwives, working in acute hospitals, will have the time plus one-sixth unsocial hours premium returned to them from 1st January 2016.

This element of pay restoration was to take place as follows:

  • payment of the time plus one-sixth premium, on a current basis, from 1st November; and
  • payment of 10 months retrospection, back to 1st January 2016, to eligible members, in the January 2017 pay cheque.

In recent days we have been advised, by members in a number of locations, that local hospitals have failed to reintroduce this payment due to internal difficulties for the HSE.  On Wednesday, 7th December 2016, the INMO made contact with the HSE, at the most senior level, and it has been confirmed that there have been difficulties with regard to making this payment.  The INMO has said that the failure to restore this payment, is a breach of the recent agreement, and is totally unacceptable.  In response HSE senior management have now confirmed the following:

  • where payment, from a current date, has not been made the increase will be applied in the December pay cheque; and
  • full retrospection, back to 1st January 2016, will continue to be paid in the January 2017 salary.

Members are asked to be vigilant, in relation to this matter, and to advise the INMO, immediately, if this payment is not made in your December salary.

SUMMARY

The priority now, and over the next seven days, is for all members to cast their ballot, and thereby have their say, in relation to our campaign for special measures to aid staffing/recruitment/retention.

Further reminders will issue, from both head office and locally, in the coming days and please encourage every member, in your workplace, to vote.

In this regard, and in addition to all local voting opportunities, I would remind all members that they can vote in our head office, and regional offices in Cork, Galway and Limerick, from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on next Tuesday and Wednesday, 13th and 14th December 2016.

Thank you for your attention to this note and further updates will issue in the coming days.

Yours sincerely

 

LIAM DORAN
General Secretary 

 
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