Following on from the Labour Court’s recommendation on February 11th, we have been working to negotiate a new “enhanced practice” contract for nurses and midwives.
As your Executive Council decided, it is vital that this contract is finalised before you ballot on the proposals to ensure that you can make an informed decision.
The same applies to the terms of reference for the independent expert group and details on how the government will fund the Safe Staffing Framework.
Since the Labour Court’s recommendation, we have been engaging with the government directly, with the assistance of the Workplace Relations Commission, to come to an agreed position.
We were not able to agree a final contract, as we were not satisfied with what was being offered. The employers’ proposed contract would be unacceptable to you as professionals and to the INMO as your union. We rejected it.
The Labour Court were due to hear arguments on this matter this morning (Tuesday).
This hearing was adjourned until next Monday 25th, as the employer updated their position and provided new information on the terms of reference for the expert group.
We need to now examine these proposals and engage further with the government. We will keep you informed as matter progress. Our focus remains on finalising proposals for you to vote on and to secure the best possible deal to put to you.
Phil Ní Sheaghdha
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