Ireland - No agreement in nurses’ pay dispute - January 31, 2017

Nursing representatives held a meeting with senior management of the Health Service, at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), to discuss the recruitment and pay of nurses and midwives. These talks between nurses’ representatives and government officials on the staffing crisis in hospitals nationwide have adjourned without agreement. The trade unions SIPTU and INMO agreed to engage in further meetings and dialogue. According to INMO, it became clear that health service management ‘had no funded workplace plan to address the current unsafe staffing levels'. The organisation insisted that this is compromising patient care and impacting on the health, safety and morale of frontline workers. In the event that there is no ‘radical change', INMO is likely to begin industrial action, following a recent ballot in which 90% of the membership voted in favour of such action.

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