The Executive Council of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), following lengthy deliberations during their meeting today, have decided to recommend acceptance of the proposals for pay restoration which have emerged under the Public Service Stability Agreement LRA (2).
In arriving at this decision, the Executive Council took into consideration the proposal, under the Public Service Pay Commission, to comprehensively examine those areas of the public service where recruitment and retention issues are clearly evident. At the insistence of the INMO, two meetings were held with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the ICTU Public Services Committee and the following were clarified:
The Executive Council has now completed its review of the proposals, taking into account the clarifications now received, with regard to recruitment/retention and has decided to recommend acceptance of the proposals.
Speaking this afternoon, Phil Ni Sheaghdha, INMO General Secretary Designate said:
“In adopting this recommendation, the Executive Council believes that the commitments given by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in respect of the work of the Public Service Pay Commission, should ensure that a robust, expert, analysis of the problems, in recruiting and retaining nurses/midwives, will be undertaken and any recommendations implemented.”
Speaking after the meeting INMO President, Martina Harkin-Kelly said:
“I believe it is in members’ best interest to accept the proposals under the current Public Service Stability Agreement LRA (2) as rejection of same, in advance of the Public Service Pay Commission concluding its work, would be premature and not serve the best interests of nursing and midwifery.”
Balloting of members will now commence and will conclude with the count on Friday, September 15.