Friday, 19th May 2017
Further to my first update, in relation to the forthcoming negotiations on a possible new public service pay agreement, I now wish to advise you of the following matters:
1. As you may have seen the government, through the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Mr. Pascal Donohoe TD, has formally invited all parties to commence discussions, on a possible new public service pay agreement, beginning next Monday, 22nd May 2017.
2. The ICTU (including the INMO) met with the senior officials, of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), on last Wednesday, 17th May 2017, to outline a full union agenda, for the talks, which included the following:
3. The talks, as stated above, are scheduled to begin this Monday, 22nd May 2017, with a briefing from the Department of Finance on the current budgetary situation, and they are expected to run, for a minimum, of two weeks.
4. Ahead of the talks, as you may also have seen, the INMO, together with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) and the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), met earlier this week.
This was to review the recent report, from the Public Service Pay Commission, and to consider how, working collectively, the issues of recruitment and retention, as they affect nurses/midwives and doctors, can be satisfactorily progressed in the talks.
Following this meeting the three organisation’s issued a statement clearly indicating the collective view that initiatives required to resolve the recruitment and retention crisis must form part of any final agreement if it is to be acceptable to nurses, midwives and doctors (copy of this statement can be accessed here).
5. The INMO has also sought further discussions, with all political parties outside of government. This is to ensure they fully understand the extent of the recruitment/retention crisis, and how, in the context of our recent conference and the emergency motion passed at it, the INMO is seeking to have this matter progressed as part of the forthcoming discussions.
In summary discussions which, inevitably, will be very difficult, are about to commence in relation to a possible new public service pay agreement. The INMO will be present, at all times, during the process guided by the direction given, at the recent annual conference, to seek progress on both pay restoration and our parity claim to address the recruitment/retention crisis.
Finally if, and when, proposals emerge, from this process, they will, as always, be the subject of a national ballot of all members.
We will issue regular updates, during the entire process, so please watch out for these updates on our website, your email and social media platforms.
Thank you for your attention to this update.
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