Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO) at their Dublin HQ last night
Further to the announcement last night by the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO) that its members will go on strike for 24 hours on January 30, with further 24-hour strikes on February 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14, if the dispute over pay is not resolved.
INMO is seeking a 12% pay increase to bring nurses’ pay “into line with other health professionals”, arguing that there is a serious shortage of nurses across the health service.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“Going on strike is the last thing a nurse or midwife wants to do. But the crisis in recruitment and retention has made it impossible for us to do our jobs properly. We are not able to give patients the care they deserve under these conditions.
The HSE simply cannot recruit enough nurses and midwives on these wages. Until that changes, the health service will continue to go understaffed and patient care will be compromised.
The ball is in the government’s court. This strike can be averted. All it takes is for the government to acknowledge our concerns, engage with us directly, and work to resolve this issue, in a pro-active manner.
We were due to meet with the government in the national oversight body in December, but the meeting was cancelled. Like many patients in Ireland’s health service, we are still waiting for an appointment.”
INMO President Martina Harkin-Kelly said:
“We entered these professions because we care for our patients. We’ll be going on strike for the exact same reason. Ireland’s patients deserve better than this understaffed health service. Nurses and midwives are now globally traded assets.
The public health service no longer pays a competitive wage, so we can no longer get the necessary number of nurses and midwives.
We are calling on the public to support us. Nurses and midwives are always there for you when you need help. Now we need your help.”
Last night: Stricken