INMO members object to St James’s hospital removal of car parking without consultation
Nurses and other shift workers will face serious chaos tomorrow morning as over 300 car parking spaces have been removed from the grounds of St James’s hospital and no alternative has been provided.
The loss of spaces is directly related to the commencement of work for the new Children’s Hospital. This work was not expected to commence until October.
Over 100 INMO members met last Thursday and condemned the actions of management. The meeting heard how nurses working 12 hour shifts need to be assured that a safe and secure car space will be available for them. Some nurses are travelling significant distances and need car parking on site. For many, public transport is simply not feasible.
In the current climate of severe difficulties in retaining nurses, this move, which completely disregards the cost increasing implications that will accrue and the inconvenience for shift workers, is unfair considering the already reduced salaries of these grades. The lack of adherence to the most basic good practice of consultation, is also felt by INMO members as a disregard for the public service agreement and a lack of appreciation for them as employees, considering the flexibility and productivity they have shown throughout the past number of difficult years.
As a result, nurses are seeking employment elsewhere. Many nurses are writing to the Board of St James’s, expressing utter dismay at the handling of the car parking arrangements for staff and are calling on Board members to resign. Correspondence, from the INMO to management, on Friday last, seeking a deferral was not responded to.
Speaking today, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Clare Treacy said:
“This is a total fiasco. How can this decision be considered acceptable; there was a lack of consultation with staff; a total disregard for safety of a predominately female workforce; and this is further compounded by the absence of an alternative plan to minimise disruption.”
Ms Treacy continued:
“We asked management to defer the decision for a short period of time, to allow for safe alternatives to be put in place, but no response has been received. INMO members are understandably angry and feel disrespected by their employer. Such action is likely to have serious consequences for the recruitment and retention of staff.”
Members of the INMO are meeting again next week to further consider its response and a ballot for industrial action is likely.