We are now coming into the final week of balloting on the proposals to resolve our current dispute. The decision we will make this week and over the past month will have significant consequences for the future of our professions.
The proposals do not solve all our problems, but I – along with the nurses and midwives on your Executive Council – believe they represent significant steps forward. They fulfil key strategic objectives, such as securing ringfenced funding for safe staffing, an independent review for our professions (particularly management grades), and significant pay rises to recruit and retain nurses and midwives – particularly the younger generation who are just joining nursing and midwifery.
On an individual basis, you can work out the benefits via our simple online calculator here. Being a union member is not only about the individual– it’s about standing together for our colleagues, professions and patients. These proposals deliver for individuals, but also place nurses and midwives at the centre of health service reforms and secure key improvements for patients.
I would encourage anyone who has not yet voted to go to one of the many voting and information meetings we are holding across the country before the closing date of May 1st. Remaining meetings are listed here.
I’ve met hundreds of members across the country at these meetings recently. But there is one key question which comes up at nearly every meeting: what happens if we vote no?
The answer is uncertain, but a no vote very likely means a return to strike. While the INMO would fight to resist any penalties for members, it is almost certain that the government would impose financial penalties on us for going on strike again, as they did with teachers. Looking at the legislation around such penalties, we estimate they could be worth more than €4,000 per member, plus any lost pay for strike days.
We now have a significant offer on the table. We did not get these proposals because we asked for them. We got them because YOU won them through acting collectively. My belief in what we can do as a union has only been strengthened by what you have achieved here – let’s secure this progress and build on it for our futures.
I encourage all members to take pride in these achievements and vote to accept these proposals.
PHIL Ni SHEAGHDHA
Q & A, Reasons to Vote YES and more
Guide to the Enhanced Practice Contract Explainer
10 Reasons to Vote Yes
Re Industrial Action & Strike
6th November 2018
Public Service Pay Commission Report
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Complete Document here
IMO, INMO & PNA met today to consider Public Sector Pay Commission Report
Unions Representing Doctors, Nurses And Midwives To Meet