Nationwide Work To Rule To Commence On Tuesday, 7th March 2017
Friday, 10 February 2017
I refer to all previous updates in relation to our campaign for special measures to address the staffing/recruitment/retention crisis facing nursing and midwifery at this time, which is causing severe health and safety concerns for nurses and midwives. You will recall that this campaign is in the context of the nationwide ballot, before Christmas, which resulted in a 90% vote in favour of industrial action if required.
There have been significant developments, in recent days, which I now want to bring to your attention as follows:
1. The Executive Council, at a special meeting on Wednesday, 8th February 2017, considered a set of proposals, from health management, following recent negotiations which concluded at 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 7th February 2017.
2. Following consideration of these proposals the Executive Council has determined that they are wholly inadequate and will not ensure that the staffing/ recruitment/retention challenges are acknowledged or adequately addressed.
3. Following the decision to reject the proposals, and in the context of the mandate from the recent ballot, the Executive Council decided that we should serve notice, on all public health employers, indicating the following:
- working extra periods/hours beyond shift finishing time; and
- withdraw from overtime.
Essentially this action will see all members carry out their full range of duties and responsibilities, in their own ward/area, but withdraw from moving from ward to ward/area to area or working additional hours in an attempt to cover up severe staffing shortages.
4. Starting immediately the Organisation will continue to establish Campaign Committees, in all workplaces, who will oversee the operation of the campaign in each workplace.
5. In the coming days the Organisation will issue further guidance, to all members, through these Campaign Committees, providing further detail in relation to the universal/consistent application of the nationwide action.
In the context of the proposals being viewed as inadequate, and rejected, our focus will now turn, again consistent with the view of members following the consultation process in November, that we must ensure a safe working environment for members.
The action is designed, while providing the full range of services to patients/clients, in your ward/area, to require management to contract services so that activity levels match available staffing levels.
Against this background all members are asked to follow all directives given to ensure consistent compliance with the actions when they are commenced on the morning of Tuesday, 7th March 2017.
It can be expected that there will be further developments, at national level, in relation to this matter and members will be kept fully advised of any and all developments. Finally there will be much local activity, at workplace level, in the coming days and weeks and all members are urged to become fully active and involved in all necessary preparations ahead of 7th March 2017.
Thank you for your attention to this note.
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