INMO take delegation of nurses from 12 countries to show solidarity with Dublin Bus workers
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) this afternoon brought a delegation of around 70 nurses from 12 different countries to join the Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Summerhill Garage. The international nursing delegation was in Ireland for the Global Nurses United Conference 2016 which has been taking place in Dublin this week.
Nurses from countries as diverse as Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Canada, USA, Uruguay, Brazil and many other countries, expressed a desire to join the Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Summerhill Garage today and marched from their conference to the picket in a noisy and colourful show of solidarity and strength. The two-day Global Nurses United Conference focuses on delivery of healthcare in conflict zones and addresses a number of social justice and safe staffing issues.
The assembled bus workers on the picket were surprised and delighted to welcome the international delegation as it arrived. They were addressed by Martina Harkin-Kelly, INMO President, Jean Ross, NNU President and Stephen Milane, SIPTU shop steward.
INMO President, Martina Harkin Kelly said: “It is important that Irish nurses and midwives, and international nurses, who attended the GNU Conference in Dublin on September 22 and 23 stand in solidarity with fellow workers such as the Dublin Bus drivers. This gives a clear and unequivocal message to employers that fair pay denotes respect and recognition for a job well done. All workers deserve respect for their contribution to society which they have made over the last 8 years of austerity. Enough is enough!”
Ms. Harkin-Kelly continued: “The cost of living has increased but wages have been constrained and workers cannot sustain this unfair burden.”
NNU President Jean Ross said: “We nurses and healthcare workers from around the globe stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in SIPTU and the NRBU. The policies of austerity and disrespect for workers have hurt all of us, no matter what our trade or profession. We came here to show our solidarity with our fellow workers today.”