Saturday 18 November 2017

Nurses' union talks break down - now likely to give notice of industrial action

Photo: PA
Photo: PA
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Talks between the HSE and nurses' unions that have been ongoing for three weeks ended this evening without agreement.

Now, unions will meet to discuss potential industrial action.

The INMO told Health Service management that proposals have to be "radically improved" before any further discussion can take place.

The talks were focused on staffing, recruitment and retention.

They were aimed at restoring the current nursing/midwifery workforce to "at least 2007 levels".

In a statement issued to the media, the INMO said HSE management, "Refused to allow Directors of Nursing and Midwifery fill all posts which become vacant during 2017; Refused to guarantee that sufficient funding would be made available to allow the permanent employment of all Irish trained nurses and midwives graduating in 2016/17; and, Refused to guarantee replacement of maternity leave vacancies on a one for one basis."

Now, the INMO Executive Council is scheduled to meet this Wednesday to consider the current position for industrial action.

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