The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) warmly welcomes the announcement today, by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, that he is removing the pay anomaly affecting nurses/midwives who graduated between 2011 and 2015.
The announcement today means that these dynamic new graduates will receive an extra increment, from January, worth between €1,200 and €1,500 depending on their current point on the scale. This provides equal treatment with those recruited prior to 2011 and those recruited in 2016 in terms of pay.
The removal of this anomaly involving the withholding of incremental credit for the fourth year of the undergraduate programme, sees the elimination of this very regressive measure which was introduced, unilaterally, in 2011.
This development will benefit nurses/midwives, who graduated during this five year period, who are working, at this time, in the public health service. In addition it will also increase the starting salary of any nurse/midwife who graduated, in the same period, who are now working elsewhere or overseas and who wish to come back.
The INMO together, with other unions representing nurses, has been seeking the removal of this anomaly since its introduction six years ago. This positive development must be the first of a series of measures, to recruit and retain, nurses and midwives, in our public health service.
Speaking this lunchtime INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said:
“Today’s announcement, by the Minister, must be welcomed and we acknowledge his work on this issue since his appointment.
It represents an important first step, which must now be followed by further initiatives, to address the deepening crisis with regard to nurse/midwife staffing levels and this country’s inability to retain these professionals in our public health service.
The INMO will liaise, immediately, with all of our new graduate members, who stand to benefit from this announcement, to ensure they secure this legitimate, and outstanding, pay increase in January”.