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Members update 23.12.19

Dear Member,

As 2019 draws to a close, I wanted to write a quick note to update you on some matters and to wish you, your family and colleagues a peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Many INMO members will be working on Christmas Day and throughout the Christmas and New Year period – the patients under your care will appreciate that you are at work when they need you.

Updates on post-strike settlement.

1,1.  New location allowance for medical/surgical areas

One of the key pay measures in the strike settlement is the introduction of new allowances for those working in  medical and surgical areas. This will benefit staff nurses and grades up to and including CNM2s. The government has delayed implementing this allowance, despite consistent pressure from the INMO. All money will be  paid back to 1st  March 2019  (10 months retrospection is due as of this date)so members will not lose out financially due to this delay, and we have confirmation from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that sanction has issued to the Department of Health to pay this allowance. Therefore, the delay now seems to be within the HSE.

We met with the employers, the HSE (once again), on Friday 20th December and they confirm that the allowance circular, instructing payroll to start paying the allowances, is being prepared for issue. We will notify members as soon as circular has issued and will be available to advise members regarding back money and other matters as required.

1.2 Expert Review Group.

The Department of Health, on 19th December, issued draft terms of reference and timeframes for the Expert review Group on Nursing. The INMO have acknowledged these draft terms and sought an urgent meeting and early engagement relating to the draft terms of reference, makeup of the group, timeframe and methodologies. The Department have confirmed that this will be scheduled for the first week in January. We welcome the issuing of these draft terms and now need to get on with the review. The review will commence in January and will require engagement from all members especially nursing and midwifery managers – CN/MM1, 2, 3, PHN and Specialist grades, ANP/AMP, ADON/M, Director grades and analogous grades. We will communicate with you early in the new year with updates.

Elections and ADC

2.1. Elections to the Executive Council

Every two years, members vote and elect members to the Executive Council, which has general control of our union and sets the policy of the INMO. I would strongly encourage interested members to consider running for one of the 22 seats. Election it is open to any member who is a registered nurse or midwife and has been an INMO member for at least two years, or six months for those in the running for the student seat.

You can get a nomination form from Michaela.ruane@inmo.ie and nominations must be received by 05/02/20. Members will receive a paper ballot to cast their vote. If you’re considering running, please contact michaela.ruane@inmo.ie    who can talk you through the process and answer any questions you might have. We will also post information on our website in the New Year. Being on the Executive is not only an exceptionally interesting role but is an act of great service to your fellow nurses and midwives.

I want to thank our outgoing Executive Council for their service – especially given how much was asked of them around the time of the strike. We are in their debt.

2.2 Annual Delegate Conference information

Our Annual Delegate Conference will be held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo in May 2020. 

The conference will open on the afternoon of Wednesday 6th May, continuing Thursday and Friday, 7th and 8th May 2020, and will conclude with the Gala Dinner on Friday night, 8th May 2020.  Delegates will then be able to return home on the Saturday morning. Information has been published in WIN magazine describing the first two days but please be aware that the Annual Conference 2020 is a three-day conference with elections for President and Vice Presidents on the final day  – please use the dates above for any plans you make to attend. We will write to branch and section officers in early January with more details.

2019 has been a momentous and active year for our union. I am extremely grateful for the privilege to serve as your General Secretary – and am proud of our collective work throughout 2019.

Once again, I hope you and yours have a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Le meas,

Phil Ní Sheaghdha  

General Secretary

 

 

 
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