Friday, June 30, 2017
INMO Postpone Decision On Recommendation In Respect Of Public Service Stability Agreement - Lra (2) Pay Proposals
The Executive Council of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, when they met today, decided to hold off on making a recommendation on the proposals for pay restoration, which have emerged under the Public Service Stability Agreement LRA (2), until they meet again in August. The INMO will now be balloting its members between August 29 and September 14.
In arriving at this decision, the Executive Council expressed frustration at the slow progress made by the HSE regarding implementation of the existing Safe Staffing Recruitment and Retention Agreement for nurses and midwives. The Organisation reached agreement with the employers in April, which provided for the replacement of all nurses and midwives, including those absent on maternity leave, and increasing the overall number by 1,208 by the end of the 2017. Recruitment remains very low, retention continues to be problematic and the INMO has sought to ensure that the first quarterly report, due to be issued today to the Minister, reflects this reality. The Executive Council expressed frustration that, once again, the Organisation is being put through a tedious process of having to ensure that the national agreement is implemented in all locations, with some employers pleading lack of finance and blocking the intended delegation for recruitment and retention to Directors of Nursing and Midwifery.
Dave Hughes, INMO Deputy General Secretary commented: “There is huge frustration among the nursing and midwifery workforce on the frontline at the slow progress in providing adequate numbers to care for a growing number of patients.”
Phil Ni Sheaghdha, INMO Director of Industrial Relations said: “In spite of a National Implementation Group, operating at senior level, progress is slow at regional level and the barriers to recruitment and retention remain. The INMO is committed to working proactively with the HSE and the Department of Health at national level throughout the summer months to get a workable implementation process at regional and local level.”