Wednesday 23 October 2019

Talks "work in progress" say health unions

Liam Doran INMO General Secretary
Liam Doran INMO General Secretary

Health unions branded it a "work in progress" as they adjourned the talks before 10pm tonight.

Liam Doran, head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), said they would return to the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) along with health service management in two weeks' time.

"It has now been agreed that a new phase of it is necessary in terms of some work in the field," he said.

"That will continue for the next two weeks, two-and-a-half weeks. Then we will back here at the LRC for a further, what can be expected a week of intensive discussions to try and see if we can bring all of these various strands together," Mr Doran said.

"It is very much a work in progress. There has been constructive engagement the last couple of days, a lot more to do and both sides are committed to do it."

Mr Doran all of the matters were still "in play" including a 39-hour week in return for retaining the premium payments at double time on Sundays and a better starting salary for graduate recruits.

"That is all still in play - it is all forming part of the collective agreement. Some elements of that are still there. Others are still going to be problematic but nothing is signed off until everything is signed off. There is a lot to play for.”

Irish Independent

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