The INMO welcomes the announcement today by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Paschal Donohoe TD, that he is inviting the Public Service Unions, who are party to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA), to talks to discuss the anomalies arising from the recent recommendations issued by the Labour Court involving Garda Representative Bodies.
The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress Trade Unions, of which the INMO is a member, has also welcomed this development and the INMO will, as always, be active participants in these talks when they commence shortly.
The INMO, consistent with all public service unions, has clearly indicated, in recent weeks, that these talks must result in the acceleration of pay restoration due to members following the series of cuts of recent years.
The INMO also notes that the Minister, in his statement, indicated that the Public Service Pay Commission, in its first report to be issued after the first quarter of 2017, will consider particular “labour market challenges” identified. All of these developments will be considered by the INMO’s Executive Council when it meets on next Monday and Tuesday, December 5 and 6, 2016.
National Ballot - Staffing / Recruitment / Retention
Separate from this development the INMO will continue to ballot its members in the Public Health Service, in relation to its campaign for special measures to address the staffing/recruitment/retention crisis which continues to deepen with regard to nursing and midwifery.
INMO members are currently involved in workplace meetings and balloting and this will continue until December 14 with the result of the ballot being known on December 15.
This campaign is in the context of the daily reality of nurses and midwives, in all areas of the health service, being left understaffed, and facing intolerable workloads, as health employers cannot recruit/retain nursing and midwifery staff. This situation compromises the ability of nurses and midwives to practice safely in an acceptable working environment.