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Friday 29 August 2014

Video: 300 nurses picket HSE over pay cuts for new colleagues

Breda Heffernan

Published 01/02/2013 | 11:02

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MORE than 300 nurses and midwives picketed the Health Service Executive (HSE) headquarters in Dublin today in protest against reduced pay for new entrants to the profession.

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association called on the HSE to suspend the proposed programme.

Instead it wants the HSE to enter into negotiations to find cost savings that would protect salary scales.

Under the proposals, new graduate nurses and midwives would be paid just 80pc of the existing salary.

It has been dubbed a “yellow pack” version of nursing amid warnings it would drive young graduates overseas.

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