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General secretary of the INMO Liam Doran at a press conference this morning; above with Claire Doran, president of INMO

Liam Doran, general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, spoke to Audrey Carville on RTÉ’s News At One this lunchtime following INMO members voting for strike action on December 15.

Towards the end of the interview Ms Carville asked Mr Doran about his salary, in light of the controversy over salaries at the Irish Farmers’ Association.

Audrey Carville: “I just want to ask you, finally, on another issue. It’s to do with the controversy over the pay of leading members and senior executives in the IFA [Irish Farmers’ Association]. And you might be aware that you are one of 20 union representative body leaders, in the Irish Independent today, who haven’t disclosed what they earn. Do you want to tell the public now what you earn?”

Liam Doran: No, I’ve no further comment to make on that. That’s between, the INMO is a good employer for all of its staff, including myself.”

Carville: “Do you now think the public has the right to know?”

Doran: I’ve no further comment to make. That’s a matter between the IMO is a good employer and for myself and the other staff in the organisation.”

Carville: “Who funds your salary?”

Doran: “Members.”

Carville: “Members. And do you think nurses and midwives would like to know what you earn?

Doran: “But sure our structure is dealt within the executive council and our annual conference every year so I have no difficulty that our membership, through the branches, know what the grading structure is in operation in the house. That’s what it’s always been and I presume that’s what it will continue to be.”

Carville: “I’m just wondering, like the IFA, you know, might the members at grassroots be surprised and angry at what the executive earns.”

Doran: “Well, I have, I believe I have absolute confidence in the executive council that governs all employment relation issues in the organisation and I think they totally respect the executive council and, as I said, I’ve no further comment to make on that.”

Listen back in full here

Majority of union and lobby group bosses refuse to disclose salaries (Irish Independent)

Previously: A Pig In A Poke

Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie

24 thoughts on “Strike That

  1. newsjustin

    How long has Liam Doran been Gen Sec of the INMO? 25 years? He could probably buy his own hospital.

  2. John

    wow union members acting in their own interests with massively inflated salaries what a shocker, its almost reminds me of ohh i dont know all those nasty corporations that union claim to hate so much.

    1. realPolithicks

      “wow union members acting in their own interests with massively inflated salaries ”

      I assume you have some facts to back up your rant, I’d be interested to read them.

  3. Bing Gong Gone

    The unions run themselves like businesses – they’re more interested in growing membership than representing their members. I’d wager that Liam Doran is on many multiples of the average salary of the people he purports to represent.

  4. Jake38

    Trades Unions have morphed into institutions devoted to the protection of the entitlements of their middle-class, middle aged and increasingly female members (teachers, nurses, public servants, etc). In the real world of part time working, zero hours contracts and exploited minimum wage workers they are an irrelevance. I don’t know what Doran is paid, but, whatever it is, it is too much. He has singularly and repeatedly failed repeatedly to deliver for nurses.

    1. Casey

      Sorry what? Unions look after the interests of thier female members such as Nurses???

      Is it the fact the unions (“CLAIM”) to look after their members who are professionals or some of those professionals are women that irks you the most?

      Trades Unions have morphed into institutions devoted to the protection of the entitlements of their middle-class, middle aged and increasingly female members (teachers, nurses, public servants, etc
      So the unions refuse to represent people who are not middle-class, young, old and male – do they?

      In the real world of part time working, zero hours contracts and exploited minimum wage workers they are an irrelevance.
      Eaghhhh? Do you read back what you write before hitting “Post”? These are all reasons why we need EFFECTIVE trade unions not the weak-willied excuses for representation that exist at the moment.

      I don’t know what Doran is paid, but, whatever it is, it is too much. He has singularly and repeatedly failed repeatedly to deliver for nurses.
      So is your objection that unions (rather than just specific individuals they employ) only represent certain socio-economic, age-related, gender-specific groups of people?
      Is your objection that some people’s working conditions are so sh1te that we might as well just throw in the towel and let whatever unscrupulous employers run rough-shod over their employees who want to?
      Is your objection to unions based on dislike of the perception and wages of one man – rather than the performance of the union as a whole in representing its members?

      1. Jake38

        Dear Casey, I’m not sure if your problem is with the English language or basic analytics but here goes anyway….

        “So the unions refuse to represent people who are not middle-class, young, old and male – do they?” I never said refused. I said it was a fact that increasingly they serve the interests of groups that are predominantly female. Just a fact.

        With regards to the failure of Unions to protect those that really need them, such as the low paid, you shrieked…..”Eaghhhh? Do you read back what you write before hitting “Post”? These are all reasons why we need EFFECTIVE trade unions not the weak-willied excuses for representation that exist at the moment.” I never said we don’t need them, just that they are at present irrelevent. Just a fact.

        And finally…..”.So is your objection that unions (rather than just specific individuals they employ) only represent certain socio-economic, age-related, gender-specific groups of people?” I don’t really have any objections, I’m just stating how they operate in 2015 and who they happen to represent.

        I could go on correcting you, but I’ve grown bored.

        1. Dubh Linn

          So you think that if Unions are representing professions that are mostly women, they should just give up and let them all be given zero hour contracts?
          That is what I read.

          1. Nice Anne (Dammit)

            So we either need unions to protect us (women and men) from the insecurity of zero hour contracts or we don’t – which is it?

            How is the fact the unions represent some professions that are female or male dominated relevant to anything?

        2. Casey

          Oh good, I always enjoy the replies that begin with personal attacks completely invalidating the rest of a persons reply….. snzzzzzz

    2. meadowlark

      I’ll disagree with your assertion that the unions are increasingly for females. Do the bus drivers and rail workers not have a trade union? And there are more men in those industries than women. You are probably right about there being more women in nursing and teaching. And the rest of your comment is spot on. Couldn’t agree more.

  5. phil

    Here is a question for Liam, and I only ask because a friend of mine tried to leave his union he was so embarrassed by their behavior , it wasn’t possible to leave . So is it possible and if so How do you leave a PS/CS union?

    If the Government is not satisfied with union behavior, here is an idea….. Stop collecting union subscriptions through payroll , let the Unions collect their own subscriptions from their own members

  6. John

    As nurses who pay our Membership fees to the INMO we have been asking about his salary for years! Never gotten an answer!

    1. John C

      Hi John, in that scenario I would just cancel my membership, after all you are funding his salary and in my opinion have a right to know.

  7. Frilly Keane

    For s fella who loves the camera
    I’d say we’ll be seeing very little of ‘ im now

    I reckon he’s on 350 / 400

    And the nurses will do nothing about it

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