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Newsupdate 4: Campaign of Industrial Action. 01.12.15
Emergency Departments

To:        All Members Emergency Departments

Dear Colleagues,

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;

  • safe, adequate and consistently available staffing levels, (including recruitment and retention initiatives), for all Emergency Departments;
  • additional, separate nursing staff, to look after admitted patients who are on trolleys, thus ensuring the ED nursing staff can ensure safe practice in each Emergency Department;
  • the designation of all Emergency Departments as specific places of employment, under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, requiring regular inspections to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff; and
  • proper, full and 24/7 implementation of agreed escalation policies to minimise overcrowding in both Emergency Departments and Wards.

3.    The first day of strike action, which will involve members in the Emergency Departments of the following hospitals:

  • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin;
  • Mercy University Hospital, Cork;
  • Tallaght Hospital, Dublin;
  • Cavan General Hospital;
  • Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore;
  • University Hospital Galway; and
  • University Hospital, Waterford

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.

Yours sincerely

General Secretary

Members Updates
News Update No. 23 : 16th April 2016
Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) held its second review
News Update No. 21 : 16th March 2016
WRC Review of Implementation of ED Agreement
News Update No. 20 : 15th March 2016
ED Talks at Work Relations Commission
News Update No. 19 : 10th March 2016
Following ED Meeting 9th March 2016
News Update No. 18 : 25th February 2016
WRC Convenes Review Of ED Agreement
News Update No. 17 : 5th February 2016
INMO Emergency Department Members - ED Members Accept Revised WRC Proposals
News Update No. 16 : 19th January 2016
Report on National Meeting - ED Representatives. 19.01.16
News Update No. 15 : 15th January 2015
INMO Emergency Department Members
News Update No. 14 : 13th January 2015
National meeting, of ED representatives Tuesday, 19th January 2016
News Update No. 13 : 11th January 2015
INMO Executive Council Defers Planned Industrial Action
News Update No. 12 : 9th January 2015
News Update No. 11 : 9th January 2015
Workplace Relations Commission Invite INMO/HSE To Participate In Further Discuss...
News Update No. 10 : 7th January 2015
Outcomes - National ED Meeting 7th Jan '16
News Update No. : 5th January 2015
Ballot Result And Next Steps
News Update No. 8: 24th December 2015
Recruitment / Retention Measures - Claim for Incremental Credit for new Graduat...
News Update No. 7: 22nd December 2015
Advertisement for Nursing Posts, New Escalation Policy
News Update No. 6: 18th December 15
ED Dispute - Settlement Proposals.
News Update No. 5: 15th December 15
Strike Action Deferred.
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