Earlier this evening, your elected Executive Council suspended the upcoming strikes. They do so, with my support, thanks to a document issued by the Labour Court, which recommended how to resolve this strike.
The details of the recommendation are complex and require some further clarification and negotiation. But do not be in any doubt: we have made progress across all areas of concern that we raised in this dispute.
In particular, we have made substantial progress in securing evidence-based safe staffing levels and addressing recruitment and retention problems through pay. I believe, as does INMO senior management and your Executive, that there is enough in this recommendation to suspend our strikes to allow time to consider its proposals.
Among many other proposals, it includes:
We will work to clarify and present these proposals to you as members, your strike committees and your Executive as soon as we can. It is a complex text, so I ask you for patience, solidarity, and determination. We have come this far because we are united and disciplined. Disunity, rumour and unhelpful speculation can only damage our cause. I would encourage you to pay attention to official INMO sources only for information on this issue.
You will be asked to vote on the proposals – so the final say is yours.
All of us are immensely grateful to all of you. We have showed the country that – as ever – nurses and midwives are organised, determined and resolute. We can all rightly feel pride that we have stood together in defence of our livelihoods, our professions and our patients.
Is mise le meas,
Phil Ni Sheaghdha
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