Wednesday 21 August 2019

Pressure on nursing union boss to reveal pay package

INMO leader Liam Doran refused to comment on pay
INMO leader Liam Doran refused to comment on pay
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Nursing union leader Liam Doran is again being called on to publicly disclose his salary as ongoing "secrecy" is damaging .

Professor Anthony Staines of Dublin City University's School of Nursing was commenting after senior figures in the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) backed Mr Doran's refusal to reveal his salary despite it getting over €9m in members' subscriptions annually.

Prof Staines said: "Trade union leaders need to set an example."

Earlier, Mr Doran insisted he would not comment on how much he or other employees in the union were paid.

The union, which has a total annual salary and pensions bill of €5.3m, holds discussions on the gradings structures for staff in private session with the executive council at its annual delegate conference.

It is still unclear if the specific sums paid in salaries to the union's top management are made known.

Questioned at a press conference on planned strike action in A&E units, Mr Doran said he had "no comment about the salary of any member of staff employed in the INMO".

He added that it was a "matter for the member of staff and the INMO as their employer."

Asked if his rank-and-file members would like to know, he said:"We have an annual report published every year and I think that fully addresses the issues."

INMO president, Claire Mahon, insisted the questions were a distraction from the real issue of A&E overcrowding.

"I don't think any of the salaries in the organisation should be brought into the debate," she said.

Later Dave Hughes, deputy general secretary of the INMO said: "We are private sector employees. We are not public servants or paid from the public purse.

"It is discussed in private session at the annual conference. The members get an annual report. We operate in accordance with the rules of the INMO.

"The rule book is there. The executive council runs the organisation. Our employers know what we are paid."

Irish Independent

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