Work-to-rule by Irish nurses deferred as INMO to allow for new ballot
A nationwide work-to-rule which was due to go ahead on Tuesday has been deferred following talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has decided to ballot members on proposals tabled at negotiations at the WRC early this morning.
The Executive Committee of the INMO is recommending members to accept the proposals.
Health Minister Simon Harris has welcomed the announcement.
In a statement issued this evening, he said: "I welcome the deferral and respect the process the INMO is now undertaking to ballot its members and reiterate my commitment to working to invest in and further improve the Irish health service".
Earlier today, SIPTU representatives agreed to consider revised nursing recruitment and retention proposals.
The INMO is to meet to consider the outcome of the talks, which lasted almost 15 hours.
Before Christmas, 90pc of INMO members voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over staff shortages and a lack of incentives to recruit and retain staff.
The HSE said agreeing to the demands would cost an extra €180m a year.
INMO will now put in place arrangements for this ballot in work places across the country, with a view to having it completed by the end of March.