Last Day For Voting In National Ballot On Staffing / Recruitment / Rentention Have Your Say
I refer to my previous updates outlining the Organisation’s strategy in pursuance of progress on the critical issues of:
I now wish to bring your attention to the following
1. NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AND BALLOT - LAST DAY FOR VOTING
All members are reminded that today, Wednesday 14th December, is the last day for voting in our national ballot seeking a mandate, for industrial action if necessary, in pursuance of our campaign for improved staffing/recruitment/retention initiatives.
If you have not yet voted then please contact our local representatives, in your workplace, to see if you can be facilitated.
In addition all members are reminded that you can vote, today (Wednesday), in our head office in Dublin and in our regional offices in Cork, Galway and Limerick between 8.30am and 6.30pm.
Ballot Count and Result
As previously advised the ballot will be counted tomorrow, Thursday 15th December, with the result announced sometime tomorrow evening.
In addition the organisation’s Executive Council meets, in special session, at 3pm tomorrow (Thursday), to consider the outcome of the ballot and to determine our next steps in this national campaign for improved staffing/recruitment/retention initiatives. A further update will issue detailing the decisions taken by our Executive Council.
2. PAY RESTORATION
I. Accelerated Pay Restoration
A date is still awaited for discussions to commence on the demand, by all unions in the Public Services Committee of the ICTU (including the INMO), for the acceleration of pay restoration, under the Lansdowne Road (LRA) Agreement, arising from;
As previously stated these talks are scheduled to begin shortly and are to be concluded by the end of January.
II. Public Service Pay Commission
As part of a delegation, from the Public Services Committee of the ICTU, I attended an initial, preliminary, meeting, last Monday, with the Public Service Pay Commission which was recently established by government.
This Commission was established with the task of providing a context, through a number of reports, for direct collective engagement, between the Government and Public Service Unions, on public service pay which is expected to commence in April 2017.
At the meeting yesterday the Commission confirmed that its two priority issues, for its first report which is to be published at the end of the first quarter of 2017, will focus upon;
For obvious reasons the INMO has an interest in both of these issues in the context of our twin demand for early, full, restoration of all pay cut, in recent years, and the need for significant improvements, in the overall pay and conditions of nurses/midwives, to address our recruitment and retention crises.
At this meeting yesterday it was agreed that the INMO would make a formal submission, to the Commission, in the first half of January. This will have a specific focus upon the labour market challenges, existing in nursing and midwifery, and what we believe is necessary to address this problem which has reached critical levels.
Members will be kept fully advised, on an ongoing basis, of all developments in relation to the work of, and engagement with, the Public Service Pay Commission.
3. TIME PLUS ONE-SIXTH PAYMENT
Following the difficulty, which emerged last week, the HSE, following a demand from the INMO, have confirmed, in writing, - click here for copy of letter - the dates for the full restoration of the time plus one-sixth premium payment (6pm to 8pm) to nurses/midwives working in acute hospitals.
The HSE has now confirmed the following;
The return of this premium, which is worth just under 2% of pay to a member on a standard roster covering these hours, is a further step in the restoration, secured by the INMO, to the salary related cuts imposed in recent years.
Members are asked to be vigilant, in both their December and January salaries, to ensure they receive this increase. Any difficulties should be immediately, notified, to the INMO.
On behalf of the Executive Council I will close this update by calling, again, upon all members, who have not yet voted, to make a special effort to cast their ballot today.
Please contact your local representatives, if you cannot get to head office or one of our three regional offices, to see if you can cast your ballot in this important national campaign.
A further update will issue detailing whatever decisions/next steps, are determined by the Executive Council, when it meets tomorrow evening.
Thank you for your attention to this note.
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