Nurses demand €3,000 hike for new entrants
THE "full payback" of salary cuts demanded by nurses would amount to a pay hike of €3,000 for permanent new entrants, it emerged yesterday.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said it wants talks on a new pay agreement to start ahead of the Haddington Road expiry date and that any outcome of that process will see a return to pre-2009 salaries and working hours that compare with all other professional grades in the public health service.
The entry pay for newly- recruited staff nurse to permanent jobs fell from €30,234 to €27,211 in that time and restoration of this salary is expected to be a key demand.
The first set of talks to scope the wider negotiations on a new agreement are expected to begin around May with 300,000 public service staff demanding restoration of pay and other conditions as the economy improves.
Nurses said they will want to work 37 hours a week, two hours less than was set out in the Haddington Road deal.
They want a removal of the pension levy as well as "safe, and agreed, nursing and midwifery staffing levels in all clinical areas."
Recent weeks have seen agreement by a number of hospitals to hire more nurses in the wake of the ongoing overcrowding in emergency departments. The Haddington Road deal, known as the stability agreement, is due to expire in July 2016.