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Update: 17th June 2022
Public Sector Pay Talks
Update: 27th May 2022
Pandemic Bonus, Restoration of Haddington Road Hours, Secondary Trauma Survey
Update - 13th May 2022
ADC, New Executive Council, Restoration of Pre-Haddington Road Hours
Update 20th April 2022
Pandemic Payment
Update - 25th March 2022

Update Pandemic Payment - Hospital Over Crowding

Dear Member, 

Please see below for a full update on the payment of the Pandemic Recognition Payment, Hospital Overcrowding and our call for the reinstatement of facemasks in indoor and crowded settings.  

Pandemic Recognition Payment

As you are aware, the INMO was the first union to lodge a claim for pandemic recognition in November 2020. Since we first pursued this claim, we have been to the Workplace Relations’ Commission on three separate occasions, further to this the claim was heard in the Labour Court in September 2021.   

The Government made an announcement on the 19th of January 2022, stating that a payment of €1,000 would be made to healthcare workers, which would apply on a pro rata basis to part time workers. What was announced by Government did not include those who work in private acute hospitals or GP practice nurses  

Three weeks ago, the HSE issued proposals which the unions rejected.    

This week, the INMO and other health sector unions met with the HSE and the Department of Health on three separate occasions.  Good progress has been made, however there remains matters of disagreement between the parties.   

The proposals on the table at this moment in time would cover the overwhelming majority of nurses, midwives, nursing and midwifery promotional grades who were involved in the response to COVID.  

We have compiled a summary of the proposals that are now presented at present: 

  • Nurses and midwives who have worked more than four weeks in the timeframe from 1st of March 2020 to 30th of June 2021 would be within scope. 
  • The payment would consist of €1,000 for nurses and midwives whose contracted hours are 60% or more of the whole time equivalent.   
  • Nurses and midwives whose contracted hours are less than 60% would receive a €600 payment. 
  • This is a net payment and will not be taxed. 
  • You won’t need to apply for the payment but instead will receive it directly from the payroll department. You would have to sign a declaration that they only received the payment once. 
  • If disputes arise in relation to the application of the payment, an independently chaired process will be established to resolve those matters. 
  • This arrangement would apply to all HSE staff and Section 38’s. 
  • For those of you who work in Section 39s, Private Nursing Homes and Private Hospices the same terms would be applied but via a separate process which is being pursued with the Department of Health 

As we are currently back in the throes of COVID, the INMO and other healthcare unions believe that the date to be eligible for this payment must be extended to take stock of current circumstances. Furthermore, proposals from the HSE have not addressed the issue of Private Hospitals and GP Practices.  These matters remain in dispute, and we will continue to pursue them next week with further meetings planned for next Tuesday. 

Hospital Overcrowding 

It has been another chaotic week in our hospitals with over 2,905 patients admitted without a bed since Monday. There has been no let-up in pressure in our hospitals. With nearly 1,400 COVID cases in our hospitals as well as the huge levels of overcrowding, it is not acceptable to us that there has not been direct intervention from government to alleviate this problem. 

We are calling for Government to once again advise the Irish people to wear masks in indoor and crowded settings. There is a clear link between reduced transmission and mask wearing. Removing the mask requirement in congregated settings particularly with poor ventilation, is clearly having a detrimental impact in our hospitals. 

To this end we have written to the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Clinical Officer to encourage them to provide advice to Government on the wearing of facemasks. Read letter here

The INMO has also urged other unions through ICTU to advise their members to wear facemasks in crowded settings in order to show solidarity with you and to reduce transmission. Read Letter here

Is mise, 

Phil Ní Sheaghdha
General Secretary



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Rep Training 2022

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National Inpatient Experience Survey

HIQA analysis echoes INMO conerns

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Pandemic Payment

HSE Circular, FAQ

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HSE Covid Guidance

Healthcare Workers Updates HSE

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International Nurses Day 2022

support and resources for nurses to do their job

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Lets Talk

mental health collective for INMO members

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