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INMO Executive Council recommends acceptance of LRA 2
Press Release 28.08.17

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:

  • Nursing and Midwifery (recruitment and retention) will be examined the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) immediately if this agreement is ratified;
  • The PSPC will engage relevant independent experts, to assist them in examining underlying difficulties in recruitment and retention of nursing and midwifery staff, who will forward a report to the PSPC;
  • The PSPC will, informed by this expert report, recommend options for resolving the problems identified;
  • The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has confirmed that the PSPC will adopt a modular approach to its work.  This will allow sectors and grades, already identified in the first PSPC report, to be examined   independently of other sectors and within an earlier timeframe.  The modular approach will allow for a report to issue earlier than the timeframe that is set out in the original proposal i.e. the end of 2018.  It has been confirmed that nursing and midwifery will be examined in the first module with the PSPC issuing a report during the second quarter of 2018; and,
  • Within 4 weeks of the receipt of the proposals from the PSPC, detailed in the first modular report, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have committed to meeting the INMO to discuss implementation.

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.

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