‘You’ve been working tirelessly’ – Nurses seek higher pay rise as cost-of-living crisis deepens

Nurses must push for a higher pay rise — above the 1 percent increase due in October — as the cost-of-living crisis bites.

MPs at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) annual conference, which opened in Sligo yesterday, are expected to back an emergency motion that also calls for a rent freeze to make housing more affordable.
able to. The motion will also emphasize the need to provide appropriate housing for essential workers and ensure this is part of any future zoning around new hospitals

INMO Secretary General Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “Nurses not only feel the pressure in their workplace. The cost of commuting to work, particularly for those working in the community, is skyrocketing.

“As a member of the Irish Trades Union Congress’s Public Services Committee, I call on the government to start talks, as permitted under the current public sector collective agreement, Building Momentum, to take some of the pressure off our nurses and midwives.”

Other important issues are the ongoing burden of the tram crisis on patients and staff, and the serious issue of assaults.

Ms Ní Sheaghdha said: “It has been an extremely busy and difficult year for our members who have had to grapple with the ongoing problems related to Covid, overcrowding in hospitals and the now sharp increase in the cost of living.

“Covid has exposed and exacerbated many of the long-standing problems in the Irish healthcare system.

“While hospitals are places of care, for most of our members it is the workplace.

“It is HSE’s duty as an employer to ensure that the issues that make the workplace unsafe, namely overcrowding, are addressed. Nursing staff want and need well-ventilated workplaces that are protected from assault.”

INMO President Karen McGowan added: “Even in circumstances where they are suffering the effects of inflation and facing real economic difficulties, our members are working to provide for themselves and their families in the current economic climate

She said that as front-line workers who spend most of their income raising the daily necessities for themselves and their families, “they must not be left to the ravages of inflation and that will be an important theme at our conference “.

“Overall, the expertise of our members has made and will make an extraordinary contribution to the health and well-being of our society. It’s time to recognize and reward that contribution,” she added.

Ms McGowan said nurses had met in person for the first time in three years. During that time, “they have worked tirelessly to protect the health of the people of our country. They have worked tirelessly and as we meet they are working under intense pressure in a crowded health service.”

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