Nurses and midwives will vote on strike action next week if the salary offer is unacceptable

Nurses are the latest officials to warn of possible industrial action amid anger over progress in the government’s latest pay deal.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) warned that if an acceptable offer is not made in public sector wage negotiations, it will begin voting among its members on September 1 on possible industrial action up to and including strike.

The Irish National Teachers’ Organization (INTO), the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) have already warned they will elect members in possible industrial action.

Talks have stalled since June, when public sector unions said a government offer of a 2.5 percent pay rise and another 2.5 percent next year fell short of what was needed.

The Government insisted the 5 per cent increase was on top of a 2 per cent increase already part of the existing wage deal, dubbed Building Momentum.

A revised offer is due when talks resume this week or next week.

Health care unrest in the coming months would cause even more chaos at a time when pressures are set to escalate, with another Covid wave expected and a possible flu outbreak.

INMO Secretary-General Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “Talks have been suspended since June 17 at a time when inflation has peaked at 9.1 per cent, fuel remains extremely expensive, rents continue to rise and childcare costs are equivalent to a second mortgage.

“The current offer on the table will do very little to close the gap between actual nurses’ and midwives’ salaries and cost-of-living increases.” Nurses and midwives will vote on strike action next week if the salary offer is unacceptable

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