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Sunday 17 February 2019

Nurses vow to continue strike

Enniscorthy and Gorey Public Health Nursing Service members outside Enniscorthy Health Centre last Wednesday
Enniscorthy and Gorey Public Health Nursing Service members outside Enniscorthy Health Centre last Wednesday

Brendan Keane

Members of the Public Health Nursing Community Care sector have vowed to continue with their weekly strikes at clinics in Co. Wexford as industrial action across the country looks set to escalate this week.

Nurses from the Enniscorthy and Gorey district marched outside of Enniscorthy Health Clinic on Wednesday and speaking to this newspaper they confirmed that this week the strikes will take place over two days.

They said the members, like their colleagues in other nursing sectors throughout the country, are calling for pay restoration and improved conditions to help retain staff.

Around 30 nurses marched in Enniscorthy on Wednesday, while strike action also took place at Wexford General Hospital.

The protesters in Enniscorthy said they are seeking pay alignment with other health professionals and that staff and patient safety is also a key issue for them.

The Enniscorthy protest took place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and commenting to this newspaper the nurses said: 'Next week it will be two days and the week after that it will be three days and it will increase further after that.'

The INMO (Irish Nurses and Midwives Association) announced this week that its members voted for a further two additional strike days in addition to scheduled protest dates already announced on February 5, 7, 12,13 and 14.

The additional strikes will take place on February 19 and 21 and a national rally is planned for Saturday, February 9.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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