Sunday 17 February 2019

'This was a deeply disappointing meeting' - nurses strike referred to WRC after talks end in 'deadlock'

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha.
Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha.
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The nurses’ dispute which threatens an all-out strike on January 30 has been referred to the Workplace Relations Commission after talks ended in deadlock today.

Preparations for the strike which will see only an emergency service provided by a majority of nurses are to continue.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and the Psychiatric Nurses Association who met with the HSE and Department of Health described the talks as “deeply disappointing.”

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said :“This was a deeply disappointing meeting. The employer made no proposals to avert the upcoming strike.

“We have referred the health employers to the Workplace Relations Commission, and they have agreed to attend. Preparations for the strike continue.

“There are now  nine days until Ireland's nurses and midwives go on strike. It’s time for the government to get real and make serious proposals to resolve this.”

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News