Over the past two and a half weeks the INMO has held nine regional information meetings and over 300 workplace information meetings and balloting sessions across the country.
Following this democratic process INMO members, have voted to accept the proposed new Public Sector Pay Agreement. (Click here for press release announcing this result).
The INMO will now attend the meeting of the Public Services Committee, of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, on Monday,18th September 2017. This meeting will formally declare the overall result of the ballot, which looks like being a very strong vote for acceptance.
Full details of the pay and other measuers, in the agreement, are included in the latest edition of the world of Irish Nursing and Midwifery journal (WIN).
Following this formal acceptance the INMO will:
• immediately engage with the management side, with regard to initiating the review, under the recruitment/retention clause of the agreement;
• seek the commencement, by the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC), of this review, by independent experts, who will present their findings to the PSPC. The PSPC has indicated it will issue its report, on the nursing/midwifery recruitment/retention issues, in the second quarter of 2018.
• an integral part of this review, by relevant experts, will be consideration of the INMO’s demand for pay parity, between nurses/midwives and all other degree level health professionals, consistent with the motion adopted at this Organisation’s annual delegate conference last May;
• in tandem with this we will continue to meet with the Implementation Group, on the staffing agreement, ensuring delivery of the funded workforce plan, which involves over 1,000 additional nursing/midwifery posts by the end of the year;
• a critical part of the staffing agreement is the filling of all vacant posts, permanent, full-time, contracts for all nurses/midwives, on panels, and all 2016/2017 new graduates – the INMO will insist upon full implementation of this staffing agreement in the coming weeks;
• in addition we will also be meeting with the Department, in the next two/three weeks, to agree a funded workforce plan, for 2018, which will see another increase in staffing levels next year as we demand full restoration of all staffing cuts imposed in recent years;
• the INMO will continue to participate in Phase 2, of the Medical/Surgical Staffing Taskforce, which involves the further rollout of an agreed dependency tool, managed by the CNM2, to stabilise staffing in the 246 medical/surgical wards across the country; and
• the INMO will also continue the work of the Taskforce on Staffing in Emergency Departments with pilot sites being finalised.
Thank you for your attention to this update.