Hopes rise that nurses' industrial action will be averted
Hopes that next week’s industrial action by nurses can be averted grew today following a decision by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) to agree to enter new talks.
The action, involving a work-to-rule is due to begin on Tuesday and major disruption is expected, including bed closures if it goes ahead.
The dispute relates to the lack of incentives to ease the nursing recruitment and retention crisis faced by the health service.
The INMO said today that following a meeting of its executive it considered a statement on the Lansdowne Road Agreement Oversight Body, in relation to the staffing/ recruitment/ retention dispute in nursing and midwifery.
The statement told the nurses they risked breaching the Lansdowne Rd agreement which could lead to pay freezes.
In a statement the union’s executive council said in deference to the Oversight Body, it is willing to engage, on the issues in dispute, at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
It said it is willing to commence these discussions immediately.
The INMO Executive Council also agreed, at its meeting today, that the outcome of this process will be considered at a further meeting which will take place next Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2017.
It will have to indicate at point if the action is going ahead, otherwise patients will have to be contacted on Monday to inform them of cancellation of surgery and other procedures.