To: All Members Emergency Departments
This is a note to formally confirm that INMO members, working in Emergency Departments (EDs), have voted by 92% in favour of a campaign of action, including strike action, with a turnout of 76% in the ballot.
Against this background I just wish to update you on the following:
1. Arising from the ballot result the INMO advised all employers and issued a press statement which received wide media attention.
2. In taking this action the INMO is seeking the following;
3. The first day of strike action, which will involve members in the Emergency Departments of the following hospitals:
is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 15th December 2015. Further days of strike action, involving other EDs, are scheduled for mid and late January 2016.
4. The initial action, in each of the seven hospitals, will involve a two hour work stoppage, spread over the seven hospitals on a rolling basis between 8.00a.m. and 4.00 p.m., and details of the timing, for each hospital, will be notified locally.
5. Your local Industrial Relations Officer (IRO) is currently establishing strike committees, in all of our Emergency Departments.
6. The INMO has already met with senior management, from the HSE, to establish what contingency measures will be in place for the duration of each two hour stoppage. In these talks, the INMO has made it plain that our members will be on strike, for the two hours, and, therefore, management should begin to plan for effectively taking the Emergency Department, in these seven hospitals, off call as a result of the action.
7. In addition the Workplace Relations Commission (formally known as the Labour Relations Commission) has already been in contact with both parties and exploratory talks, chaired by the Commission, are to commence at 10.30am on this Thursday 03 December.
This is welcome but, at the same time, the INMO will require radical measures which will dramatically improve the working environment, for our members in Emergency Departments, if the action is to be avoided.
8. In the coming days there will be information meetings, at local level, particularly in the first seven hospitals named above.
All members are earnestly requested to attend every meeting, called by the INMO, so you can be kept fully appraised of developments.
The clear, and strong, message, from the recent ballot, is that our members, in Emergency Departments, have had enough and they are tired of broken promises and being told to carry on regardless of the working environment. This action, if it is necessary, is completely focused upon demanding the introduction of measures which will make a significant, and positive, difference within your department and to your ability to deliver safe care, in a dignified environment, to your patients.
As we commence this campaign, which is being mounted to benefit both patients and our members, please watch out for further meetings, and newsletters, and follow all directions given by your local strike committee.
Further updates will issue on an ongoing basis.
Thank you for your attention to this note.