The Executive Committee of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have agreed to ballot its members on proposals tabled during negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) this morning. This agreement now defers the proposed by nursing staff to take industrial action planned for Tuesday next.
While the dispute had centred around genuine staff shortages and incentives in recruiting and retaining nurses, the INMO Executive Committee are now expected to recommend that members accept these latest proposals, which are expected to cost in the region of some €180m per annum.
This dispute had been clamouring in relation to taking action for months, with members of the INMO voting 90% in favour of industrial action since before Christmas 2016. The organisation will now put in place immediate arrangements for a ballot to take place, with a view to having same completed no later than the end of March 2017 next.
With regards to outstanding outcomes on issues which still require debate on both sides; further dialogue just may result in mutual and acceptable outcomes for both members and their union representatives.