Tuesday 20 August 2019

Mental health services face disruption in nurses' pay row


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Anne-Marie Walsh

Mental health services face disruption this week as nurses are set to impose a ban on overtime in a row over pay.

Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) will stop working beyond contracted hours from Thursday. A union spokesperson said the move was in response to a lack of meaningful progress at talks with the HSE.

The nurses previously suspended industrial action along with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation to attend talks at the Labour Court earlier this year in the same dispute. Although the INMO accepted a deal worth more than €35m after calling off strikes, the dispute in mental health services was never resolved. The row centres on demands for pay hikes due to recruitment and retention issues.

PNA general secretary Peter Hughes said little progress was made at the Workplace Relations Commission.

Irish Independent

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