Thursday, March 02, 2017

Update 5pm: Talks at the Workplace Relations Commission are continuing this evening, ahead of a planned work-to-rule by nurses next week.

30,000 members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are due to take part in a work-to-rule in hospitals around the country from Tuesday unless significant progress is made before the weekend.

The INMO and SIPTU are both engaging in talks today, to try and find agreement in their dispute over nursing staff recruitment and retention.

Consultant in emergency medicine at Cork university and Mercy hospitals, Chris Luke, says it’s difficult to assess how patients will be affected.

“It’s hard to predict but I am told there is to be no overtime, there is to be no redeployment from one ward to another, so in a sense a very strict work to rule.”

Update 11.13am: SIPTU nursing and midwifery representatives have today accepted an invitation from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to attend talks aimed at addressing the outstanding issues in the sector.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “SIPTU nursing and midwifery representatives will attend talks under the auspices of the WRC.

“They will work as hard as possible to progress the discussions which broke off two weeks ago.

“The discussions will be challenging for all the parties involved and are under a degree of pressure as our colleagues in the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) are preparing for industrial action next Tuesday.”

Earlier:

Nurses have agreed to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission in their long-running row with the HSE.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says the discussions are expected to begin today – although its work-to-rule remains scheduled go ahead next week.

Around 30,000 nurses and midwives are due to take part in the industrial action from next Tuesday in a row over staff recruitment and retention.

The union’s Executive Council will meet again on Saturday to discuss the outcome of the WRC discussions.

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