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News Update 8 - 15th December 2016
National Campaign 2016

Thursday 15th  December 2016


Dear Member

As you may have seen INMO members, following the recent ballot, have voted to support a campaign of action, if necessary, to secure special initiatives to improve staffing/recruitment/retention across the service. (Click here for press release).

The ballot result showed 90% members in favour, with 62% turnout.

The Executive Council met in special session, last evening, and, arising from the mandate now obtained, agreed the following next steps:

1.    The Organisation will now propose roundtable discussions, independently chaired if necessary, with the Department of Health/HSE to:

  • agree special measures to improve staffing/recruitment/retention; or
  • in the absence of such measures agree where beds and services must be curtailed/contracted to match available staffing levels.

2.    To instruct all branches/local nurse/midwife representatives, in conjunction with their IROs, to begin the process, starting in early January, of establishing campaign committees in all workplaces/areas across the country.

  • These campaign committees will be asked to:
    • -    establish strong local communication systems with all members; and
    • -    begin drawing up contingency plans for possible industrial action.


Members are reminded that the action, mandated in this ballot, provides for:

  • a series of one day strikes; and
  • a continuous work to rule which would include:
    • -    no redeployment from one ward/area to another in the course of a shift;
    • -    no cross cover in community services;
    • -    no working of additional hours above those rostered; and
    • -    complete ban on overtime.

The Executive Council has also decided that it will meet, on Tuesday, 17th January 2017, to review progress, in any discussions with government and health employers, and to agree, if necessary, a timetable for the commencement of this campaign of action.

Please note 21 days notice is required, under health service protocols, when serving notice of industrial action.

Summary

In summary members have now given a very strong mandate for, and backing to, the campaign as proposed by the Executive Council.

The next step, at local level, is, in the first week of the New Year, the establishment, in conjunction with your IRO, of workplace campaign committees in preparation for the next step of the campaign.

In tandem with this we will, at national level, seek the roundtable discussions, as now proposed by the Executive Council, to agree the many special measures required to address this crisis.

We will, of course, keep all members advised, on an ongoing basis, of all developments in the coming days and weeks.

Thank you for your attention to this note and please watch out for further updates on an ongoing basis.

Notwithstanding all of its serious content, may I close this update by wishing you, and yours, a Happy Christmas.  For those members who are working I want to thank you, for being on the frontline during this period, and I hope that it is not too busy and you still find some time to spend with your family and friends.  

Yours sincerely


Liam Doran
General Secretary 

 

 
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