Workplace Relations Commission Facilitate Day-Long Talks In Respect Of Disputed Rosters And Attendance Times At St John Of God’S Services, Beaufort
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) attended talks in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) with management today, Friday, April 29, in an attempt to resolve a dispute relating to rosters at St John of God’s Services, Beaufort, Co Kerry.
Members of the INMO had balloted for industrial action in the form of a withdrawal of labour from Monday next, May 2, following a decision by management to impose a varied finish time and roster on the nursing staff from that date. This roster had previously being rejected by INMO members as it will lead to a constant varied pattern of attendance of staff. The change will result in instances of sixteen different handover and shift commencement times.
This level of constant change of personnel is contrary to all best practice models for this client group in a service of this size, and is of serious concern to the INMO members. INMO members have agreed a roster with management last October at the WRC and subsequent to this agreement, management refused to implement it.
Despite the best efforts of the WRC, agreement was not reached. The INMO tabled a number of varied proposals and confirmed that from Monday, they will attend work on their current contracted hours, inclusive of current finish times. A request was made to the INMO to attend the Labour Court for an urgent hearing and INMO members will consider this request at a meeting tomorrow morning.
Speaking this evening INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Michael Dineen said:
“Our members within Beaufort have reached the end of their tether with local management who are insisting on introducing a new roster despite the real concerns of the staff who are charged with delivering care on the ground to clients within Beaufort. They maintain that the proposed new roster will lead to a deterioration in the services to the clients due to the unavailability of staff at key times during the day.
The INMO approached today’s talks in an open and conciliatory fashion. Regrettably, this approach was not reciprocated by management and, it appeared as if they were committed to ensuring that a dispute took place on Monday rather than seeking to resolve it.
INMO members have agreed to attend duty from Monday on the contracted hours they currently work.”