Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation announce additional strike dates
The INMO has announced there will be further strike action on 19 and 21 February.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has announced an escalation and additional dates for the nurses and midwives’ strike as they feel the government has failed to meaningfully negotiate with the union.
On top of the already announced strike dates on the 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14 February, the INMO has announced there will be further strike action on 19 and 21 February.
Next week will see the number of services on strike increase from 82 to 240.
The INMO will also be organising a national rally on Saturday, 9 February.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “Nurses and midwives proudly stood up in defence of our patients and professions last Wednesday, but the government has responded with threats and intransigence.
“Everybody – except the government – recognise that there is a serious understaffing problem in our health services. The public support for the strike on Wednesday showed that the Irish people stand with nurses and midwives.
“Our message is clear. We will not be going away – resolving this dispute requires direct engagement from the government, recognising the real recruitment and retention problems in Irish nursing and midwifery.
“We simply want to be able to do our jobs, but our health service cannot hire enough nurses and midwives on these uncompetitive wages.
“As ever, we remain available for talks with the government for any realistic proposals.”
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