Members Update 20 - 30.08.18
Public Service Pay Agreement
1. As you are aware, the INMO and other unions, still await the outcome and recommendations from the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) following their examination of difficulties in recruitment and retention which exist in nursing and midwifery in the Public Health Service. The Commission are also required to generate options for resolving the issues identified. The proposals were anticipated and expected to issue before end of July. On publication, the government are obliged to engage, within four weeks, in discussions with the trade unions involved.
2. The INMO had expected these discussions to have commenced at this stage and, considering the delay with the publication, the INMO Executive Council held an emergency Executive Council meeting on Tuesday 28th August. Council decided, at this meeting, to convene members at a Special Delegate Conference, on Wednesday 26th September, to consider progress in respect of addressing the very important claims which have been progressed through the Public Service Pay Commission.
The crisis in staffing recruitment and retention, which is accepted by the Minister for Health, opposition political parties and the HSE, is such that on a daily basis, nurses and midwives are working in conditions rendered unsafe because of the inability to retain and recruit enough nurses and midwives. The INMO Executive Council believe that the delay in these discussions with government commencing, is adding to this problem and is very unhelpful. They have therefore set deadlines for the discussions to commence. This has been communicated to the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Health.
3. As you are aware a Special Delegate Conference is a decision-making forum, and we encourage all members to contact their Branch Officers with a view to attending the Branch meeting where delegates will be selected. The Executive Council have taken this decision because they want to have comprehensive engagement with you, as members, and we now request that, despite the tight timeframe, you make all efforts to attend your Branch meeting in order that you can participate in the selection of delegates for the Special Delegate Conference.
Official leave of absence with pay is provided for Branch Delegates to the Special Delegate Conference, in Department of Health Circular S146/11, to facilitate attendance. Employers have been notified of the date of this Special Delegate Conference. If you are selected as a delegate you will need to advise your employer that you are seeking release in accordance with Circular S146/11, dated 31st March 1981. If you encounter any difficulty in relation to your release, please contact your INMO Industrial Relations Officer with responsibility for your area.
Thanking you for your attention to this important update.
PHIL NI SHEAGHDHA