Fur­ther back­ing for pub­lic pay deal

Irish Examiner - - News - Dan Buck­ley

The pub­lic ser­vice pay deal is set for over­whelm­ing ac­cep­tance as four more unions yes­ter­day voted to back it.

The Ir­ish Nurses and Mid­wives Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INMO) backed the deal by a mar­gin of 75% to 25%, while the Ir­ish Medical Or­gan­i­sa­tion did so by an even big­ger mar­gin of 85% to 15%. The big­gest ac­cep­tance mar­gin of all came from the Ir­ish Fed­er­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity Teachers (IFUT) which sup­ported the new pub­lic ser­vice pay deal by 93% to 7%.

The INMO said it will seek im­me­di­ate en­gage­ment with the Pub­lic Ser­vice Pay Com­mis­sion to ad­dress con­cerns re­gard­ing staff re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion dif­fi­cul­ties in the health sec­tor.

Gen­eral sec­re­tary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said mem­bers ex­pect that pay-re­lated mea­sures to ad­dress the re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion cri­sis will be brought for­ward and im­ple­mented dur­ing the life­time of the agree­ment.

The INMO will also be in­sist­ing that the De­part­ment of Health and HSE im­ple­ment their funded work­force plan for this year, which stip­u­lates that all va­can­cies must be filled and per­ma­nent full-time con­tracts must be of­fered to all mem­bers on pan­els, and all 2016/2017 grad­u­ates.

Lower-paid civil ser­vants be­long­ing to the Civil Pub­lic and Ser­vices Union (CPSU) have also ac­cepted the deal by a mar­gin of 72% to 28%. How­ever, gen­eral sec­re­tary Eoin Ron­ayne warned that if the econ­omy im­proves fur­ther, his union would be seek­ing an early rene­go­ti­a­tion of the agree­ment.

While the Ir­ish Medical Or­gan­i­sa­tion backed the deal by a mar­gin of 85% to 15%, president Ann Ho­gan said mem­bers con­tin­ued to have se­ri­ous con­cerns about the cri­sis re­gard­ing re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of doc­tors in pub­lic health ser­vices.

She said the lack of plan­ning in re­la­tion to medical man­power had been ex­posed by an over-re­liance on locum doc­tors and what she called the “scan­dalous” sit­u­a­tion where al­most 400 con­sul­tant posts were va­cant.

Joan Done­gan, gen­eral sec­re­tary of IFUT, said his or­gan­i­sa­tion had ne­go­ti­ated ad­di­tional and an­cil­lary agree­ments and un­der­stand­ings at the talk and this had played a sig­nif­i­cant part in the out­come of the vote.

So far the fol­low­ing unions have backed the deal: Siptu; Im­pact; INMO; IMO; low­er­paid civil ser­vants be­long­ing to the CPSU; IFUT; Pub­lic Ser­vice Ex­ec­u­tive Union; Prison Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion; As­so­ci­a­tion of Higher Civil and Pub­lic ser­vants; Medical Lab­o­ra­tory Sci­en­tists As­so­ci­a­tion; Tech­ni­cal En­gi­neer­ing and Elec­tri­cal Union; Vet­eri­nary Ire­land; Builders and Al­lied Trades Union; Vet­eri­nary Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion; and the plas­ter­ers’ union OPATSI.

Only three unions have re­jected it: The INTO; Teachers’ Union of Ire­land; and Unite.

The re­sult of the bal­lot by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­ondary Teachers, Ire­land will not be com­pleted un­til Oc­to­ber, but its lead­er­ship is rec­om­mend­ing re­jec­tion.

Other rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies out­side the Ir­ish Con­gress of Trade Unions which still have to ac­cept or re­ject the agree­ment in­clude the Garda Rep­re­sen­ta­tive As­so­ci­a­tion, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Garda Sergeants, and In­spec­tors, the Psy­chi­atric Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion, and the bod­ies rep­re­sent­ing the De­fence Forces.

Fol­low­ing a re­quest from the Ital­ian Mar­itime Res­cue Co-Or­di­na­tion Cen­tre, LÉ Wil­liam But­ler Yeats lo­cated and res­cued a to­tal of 285 mi­grants from two rub­ber ves­sels off of Tripoli. Dur­ing the course of the sec­ond op­er­a­tion, three peo­ple were de­clared...

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