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News Update 12 - 17th January 2017
Campaign For Staffing / Recruitment / Retention Initiatives

Tuesday, 17th January 2017


Dear Member,  

I refer to previous updates in relation to our national campaign seeking special initiatives with regard to the Staffing/Recruitment/Retention crisis which exists, within nursing and midwifery, at this time.

As previously advised the Organisation’s Executive Council, met today, to consider all developments.  I am now directed to advise you of the following:

1.    The Executive Council will hold a special meeting, on Monday, 30th January 2017, to consider the status of talks, now commenced with the Department of Health/HSE/Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, on possible initiatives to begin addressing the staffing/recruitment/retention crisis.

2.    At the meeting, on 30th January 2017, the Council will decide if these discussions have, or are capable of, delivering the required measures to begin addressing the crisis.  If it determines they are not, Council will then finalise a timeframe, for industrial action, and serve notice (three weeks) on all health employers.

3.    The Council also decided to reaffirm its directive, to all branch officers/local representatives, to establish, in conjunction with your Industrial Relations Officers, campaign committees in all workplaces across the country.

  • These committees once established should begin the process of preparing for a campaign of industrial action in the event that same is necessary.

4.    The Council also decided, in the context of the significant increase in overcrowding which has taken place in recent weeks, to reaffirm its directive, for members, to submit INMO Statement of Concern Forms whenever they feel their practice is compromised due to short staffing.

  • Members are asked to keep a record of every Statement of Concern Form submitted, to local management, and to give it to the campaign committees which are being established; and
  • Campaign Committees, in their engagement with local managements, will bring forward all of the Statement of Concern Forms, supplied to them, demanding, from management, what action they are taking, including the closure of beds, to ensure safe staffing levels and a safe practice environment for every nurse and midwife in that workplace.

INMO/Department of Health/HSE/Department of Public Expenditure and Reform - Engagement

Members are also advised that, following on from the initial meeting held last Thursday, 12th January 2017, management have now confirmed that they will forward, to the INMO, written proposals, on how to address the staffing/recruitment/retention crisis, on this Friday, 20th January 2017.

The INMO is scheduled to meet again, with the Department of Health/HSE/ Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, on next Monday, 23rd January 2017, to discuss these proposals and all matters arising therefrom.  

  • It is possible that this may lead to further intensive discussions, in the immediate days following, with an independent chair if necessary.

As detailed above the INMO Executive Council will now meet, on 30th January 2017, to receive a report on these discussions and to determine should they continue or whether we should move to serve notice of a national campaign of action to protect the safety, health and welfare of members

Public Sector Pay - Acceleration of Pay Restoration under Lansdowne  Road Agreement

The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, including the INMO, also met today, with regard to developments in relation to the collective demand for accelerated restoration of pay, under the Lansdowne Road Agreement, arising from the anomaly created by the recent Labour Court recommendation affecting Gardaí.

As previously stated, in earlier updates, the issue of acceleration of pay restoration, under Lansdowne Road, is a collective matter for all public sector unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

A separate information sheet, complete with a Q&A document, have been prepared.  (Please click here to access).

Public Service Pay Commission

Members are also asked to note that the recently established Public Service Pay Commission has now invited the INMO to engage with it, specifically on the issue of labour market challenges facing nursing and midwifery, in the following format:

  • the INMO is to make a full written submission, to the Commission, on or before 1st February; and
  • the INMO will formally meet with the Commission on Monday, 7th February 2017.

It should be noted that the Pay Commission is due to report in April and negotiations, with government, are due to take place, on a further national agreement, in May, during which the issue of labour market challenges will be the subject of negotiations.

Summary

As can be seen, from the foregoing, there are a number of actions, now ongoing, in relation to matters of concern to our members.  

In particular the Council calls upon members to establish campaign committees, in their workplaces, and to submit, as required, INMO Statement of Concern Forms, to management, whenever they feel their ability to practice safely has been compromised.

Further updates will issue, in the coming days, and, specifically, after the Executive Council meeting on next Monday week, 30th January 2017.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely

 

LIAM DORAN
General Secretary 

 

 
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