The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), in conjunction with two other unions, will stage a protest outside the Dáil in support of the restoration of incremental credit for nurses and midwives who graduated between 2011 and 2015 as follows:
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 11.30 a.m.
Venue: Dáil Éireann
Ahead of the protest, a delegation of nurses and midwives from the unions will meet with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris at 11.00a.m. and health spokespeople from the opposition parties at 1.00p.m., on Thursday, 22nd September, on the issue.
At the end of 2015, the INMO, together with two other unions, concluded an agreement with the HSE and the Department of Health that restored monetary recognition for the 36 week Nursing/Midwifery Internship from 2011 onwards. However, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DEPER) subsequently amended part of the agreement, and only sanctioned recognition for 2016 graduates onwards.
This means that 2011-2015 nursing and midwifery graduates are left in a position where they will be earning less than their colleagues pre 2011 who were automatically awarded the credit. This is a loss of over €1,400 for 2011-2013 graduates and over €1,000 for 2014-2015 graduates.
At a time when there is a critical shortage of nurses and midwives the unions are demanding the restoration of this incremental credit along with the introduction of dynamic incentivised recruitment/retention initiatives in order to recruit and retain new graduates to address the severe crisis in staffing across the health service.