STAY UNITED – PAY €100 THE CAMPAIGN IS WORKING

SIPTU has called on all Nurses and Midwives to stay united and to make a payment of €100 to the NMBI, when their personal circumstance allows.

Sector Organiser Kevin Figgis said that in recent days some members have encountered difficulties making a credit transfer to the NMBI bank account but assured members that the unions have checked this out and have been told that the NMBI account is open and working.

Mr Figgis also confirmed that a special meeting of the Board of the NMBI has been convened, for next Thursday, 15th January 2015, to further consider the matter and that members will be updated as soon more information is known. Mr Figgis also said that badges, indicating payment of €100 and that the nurse or midwife remain on the register have now arrived and are being distributed.

“The three unions involved in this campaign are currently distributing badges, to all workplaces, and they should be available from the early days of next week. We would encourage all members, who have paid the €100, to wear the badge thereby indicating, in a visible fashion, their participation in, and support of, this national campaign and We would again remind all members that the HSE has indicated that proof of registration is not required until 30th April 2015.

We would ask members, in private sector employments, to contact their respective union if any earlier date, of proof of registration, is being sought. This will allow us communicate, with that employer, advising them of the HSE position on this issue which we will ask them to follow.”

Members stay united in opposing increase in NMBI fees

Thousands of SIPTU nursing and midwife members have followed the advice of their union to pay a €100 retention fee to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) when their personal circumstances allow, rather than the €150 demanded by that organisation.

SIPTU Nursing Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis, said: “I would ask members to realise that this campaign of opposition is not just about the proposed fee increase for 2015. I would ask members to recall that the fee was increased, by over 12%, this time last year and the NMBI has clearly said they reserve their position, with regard to further increases, for 2016 and beyond.

“This, obviously, completely ignores the income reductions that nurses and midwives have suffered in recent years, and the NMBI, as a monopoly, cannot increase its fees by 50% and maintain credibility.

Against this background SIPTU is again reminding members of the following:

1.         Members should now pay €100 (the existing fee), by cheque/postal order/credit transfer when their personal circumstances allow.

2.         The union will be distributing badges in all workplaces, which members can wear to demonstrate they have paid €100 and remain on the register.

3.         The NMBI has confirmed that its own internal procedures provides for a second reminder, which will issue after 2nd February 2015, allowing for a further 28 days before the matter goes before the NMBI Board in March/April.

4.         The HSE has confirmed that it only requires confirmation of registration for 2015, by 30th April 2015.  Therefore there is no requirement for any local demand for confirmation of registration before this date (the HSE issued a circular on 23rd December 2014 on this matter).

5.         SIPTU and its fellow nursing unions remain in contact with the Department of Health concerning the attempt by the NMBI to impose a fee increase and whether this breaches the Haddington Road Agreement.

Note to members making a payment to the NMBI:

When making this €100 payment, after 5th January, it should be made through one of the following methods; by Cheque; or Postal Order; or Credit Transfer

NMBI bank details are:

Sort Code – 901490

A/C – 97384636

BIC – BOFIIE2DXXX

IBAN – IE09BOF190149097384636

Bank name – Bank of Ireland

Bank address – Baggot Street Lower

When making the payment of €100, regardless of which of the three methods used, members should quote their unique NMBI Pin Number and maintain a record of payment.

HSE confirm no proof of NMBI Payment until 30th April 2015

Nurses and Midwives are being advised they do not have pay the increased NMBI retention fee of €150 by the 1st of January 2015 and being encouraged to pay €100 only to the NMBI when they can afford it.

In a joint statement from SIPTU/INMO/PNA thousands of nurses and midwives, who have supported the campaign, in opposition to this NMBI fee increase, over the last number of weeks were thanked and encouraged to stay strong.
Sector Organiser Kevin Figgis said that despite the frequently threatening, and at times contradictory, statements, from NMBI, thousands of nurses and midwives have followed the campaign and will, when their personal circumstance allows, pay €100, by cheque/postal order or credit transfer, to NMBI.

Mr Figgis also assured members that the HSE confirmed it would not take any nurse or midwife, off the payroll, pending further developments; and that the Department of Health confirmed they are continuing to engage, with the NMBI, with a view to resolving the current impasse.

A circular realised by the HSE confirmed that registration is not required before 30th April 2015 and therefore there is no necessity to request verification of payment from nurses and midwives before that date.

Speaking to SIPTUhealth.ie Mr Figgis said NMBI also confirmed it will issue a second renewal notice on the 2 February, allowing a further 28 days for payment, before the issue could go before the Board and that all nurses and midwives are entitled to practice nursing and midwifery once registered, and no change in registration status can occur before March of 2015 at the very earliest.

We would ask members to realise that this campaign of opposition is not just about the proposed fee increase for 2015.  We would ask members to recall that the fee was increased, by over 12%, this time last year and NMBI have clearly said they reserve their position, with regard to further increases, for 2016 and beyond.  This, obviously, completely ignores the income reductions that nurses and midwives have suffered, in recent years, and NMBI, as a monopoly, cannot increase its fees by 50% and maintain credibility.

Mr Figgis also thanked every member for the response to the social media picture protest.

“Our members uploaded pictures, from workplaces all over the country and that has given the campaign a great boost. The response clearly shows massive support for this campaign. These pictures have been sent to local TDs/Senators, many of whom have responded through Twitter/Facebook, indicating their support for our campaign and the payment of €100 as an annual retention fee.”

Badges, confirming payment of €100 and that you are still registered, will be distributed, to workplaces, in the early days of the New Year, and we would ask members to wear them when at work to keep the campaign strong and all nurses and midwives united,” concluded Mr Figgis.

Note to members making a payment to the NMBI:

When making this €100 payment, after 05th January, it should be made through one of the following methods; By Cheque; or Postal Order; or Credit Transfer

NMBI bank details are:

Sort Code – 901490

A/C – 97384636

BIC – BOFIIE2DXXX

IBAN – IE09BOF190149097384636

Bank name – Bank of Ireland

Bank address – Baggot Street Lower

When making the payment of €100, regardless of which of the three methods used, members should quote their unique NMBI Pin Number and maintain a record of payment.

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NMBI Picture Protest – Get Involved

SIPTU, and other health unions, have organised a nationwide social media picture protest under the hashtag #no2NMBIincreases from noon Wednesday the 17th of December until Friday the 19th of December.

Sector Organiser Kevin Figgis said that all members can join in the nationwide workplace social media picture protest that will confirm broad support for the no to the NMBI fee increase campaign.

“The NMBI special board met last Friday, 12th December 2014 and it did not result in any new developments so we have no alternative but to continue our campaign of opposition to this unfair and unjustified tax on our members work.

We decided on having a social media event because we want a visual wall of opposition to this NMBI increase and we are asking all of our members to upload a picture of opposition onto social media with the hashtag #no2NMBIincreases and to email them to ask@siptuhealth.ie to be uploaded onto the Union’s Facebook, Twitter and website,” said Mr Figgis.

Mr Figgis also said that SIPTU members should cancel NMBI direct debits, if not already done so.

“We are encouraging our members to pay €100, after 5th January 2015, or when your personal circumstances allow and remind all members that no-one has to pay by 1st January, ignore recent statements from NMBI which, regretfully, continue to be threatening and misleading,” Mr Figgis concluded.

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NMBI Social Media Event

As a further action in the ongoing campaign of opposition to the proposed NMBI retention fee increase, SIPTU and the other health unions are organising a social media event between 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 17th December 2014 and 3.00 p.m. on Friday, 19th December 2014.

Sector Organiser Kevin Figgis said the event will increase awareness, amongst the general public, and visibly show all politicians, in this country, that nurses and midwives are not going to pay this 50% increase but will continue to pay the current €100 fee.

“On Wednesday, 17th December, after 12.00 noon, this “Thunderclap” is planned to allow every nurse/midwife to demonstrate their solidarity with this campaign. Once the event is captured, from each individual workplace, it will create a massive visual presentation, of opposition to the fee increase, from every workplace across the country.

Our advice to members is to keep the campaign of resistance going and this thunderclap is a simple, straightforward but effective opportunity to demonstrate that every workplace, is fully supportive of, and committed to, this campaign.”

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NMBI CAMPAIGN CONTINUES – STAY UNITED – SUPPORT IS STRONG

SIPTU and other health unions are urging members to stay united and to immediately cancel any direct debit they have with the NMBI if they have not already done so.

Sector Organiser Kevin Figgis said that only after 05th January 2015 members should make a payment of €100 to NMBI but assured any SIPTU member that may be under financial pressures over the Christmas period that making their payment of €100 in January/early February is perfectly fine.

Mr Figgis also confirmed that as part of on-going campaign to stop the unjustified NMBI increase a Workplace Social Media Event has been planned for Wednesday, 17th December which will allow members, in all workplaces across the country, demonstrate their commitment to, and participation in, the campaign.

Mr Figgis also confirmed that over the New Year badges will be sent to allow members to display and confirm that they are registered, have paid their €100 and are participating in this campaign.

“This co-ordinated and strong campaign between SIPTU, INMO and the PNA will allow all union members show mutual solidarity and provide for a visible expression of participation in the campaign,” concluded Mr Figgis.

Note to members

When making this €100 payment, after 05th January, it should be made through one of the following methods;

  • By Cheque; or Postal Order; or Credit Transfer

In relation to payment via credit transfer members should contact their union for the bank account details of NMBI required to organise the €100 payment. Also when making the payment of €100, regardless of which of the three methods used, members should quote their unique NMBI Pin Number and maintain a record of payment.

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Correspondence from Department of Health to NMBI provides clarity for Nurses and Midwives

SIPTU, and other health unions, note that the Department of Health has confirmed that no nurse or midwife can be removed from the register for non payment of the increased NMBI retention fee until April 2015.

Sector Organiser Kevin Figgis said that SIPTU is asking members to make their payment of €100 to cover their retention fee in the week beginning Monday 5th January and no later than Friday 9th of January 2015. SIPTU, and other unions also advised that recent correspondence from the Department of Health to the NMBI confirms that no nurse/midwife can be considered, for removal from the register, for non-payment the full increased fee, until April 2015 despite intimidatory statements from the NMBI.

“In response to the success of our protest outside their offices in Blackrock last Tuesday, we are encouraging all members to stand together and continue our strong and united campaign of opposition to this unjustified NMBI increase and tax on our members work.”

Mr Figgis said that NMBI has made a commitment to cooperate fully with all requests to cancel direct debits and is advising any SIPTU member to contact the Union if they are experiencing any difficulties and that the unions will be circulating, badges, which members can display on their lapel, confirming they have made this payment (€100) and can continue to be a registered nurse or midwife.

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SIPTU calls on Nurses and Midwives to stay united

Further to our on-going campaign of opposition, to the fee increase being sought by NMBI, we ask SIPTU members to note the following:

  • In recent days SIPTU have received numerous queries, from members, indicating they were experiencing difficulties, with NMBI, when they sought to cancel their direct debits;
  • In response to this we now attach, for your attention and information, copy of letter, sent today, to the CEO of NMBI which is self-explanatory. We will advise you, immediately, when we receive a reply from the CEO;
  • In addition to cancelling any direct debits, which remain in place, we continue to advise members to await direction, as to when to pay the existing €100 fee to NMBI;
  • The NMBI Board is meeting again today. The President has indicated that he will update us on their position, re the fee, following discussions, on this issue, at today’s meeting. We will, of course, also advise you of any developments, and response from the Board immediately.

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2,000 nurses and midwives protest against NMBI fee increase

Over 2,000 nurses and midwives, from across the country, attended a protest on Tuesday, 18th November, outside the head offices of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) in Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

For over an hour they collectively indicated their outright opposition to any increase in the NMBI retention fee above €100. At the protest a letter, detailing nurses and midwives opposition to the 50% fee increase, was handed to the NMBI President.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis, said: “The success of this protest is an important step in having this unjust increase reversed”.

SIPTU and other health sector unions have also asked Department of Health officials to examine whether an attempt by NMBI to increase members’ retention fees from €100 to €150 next year breaches the Haddington Road Agreement.

 

Note for members 

Following today’s protest outside NMBI offices, which was the latest step in our campaign of opposition to their attempt to increase the retention fee by 50% we would like SIPTU members to share the following information with colleagues.

  1. Over 2,000 nurses and midwives, from all over the country, attended the protest today. For over an hour they collectively indicated their outright opposition to any increase in the retention fee above €100. At the protest a letter, detailing our opposition, was handed to the NMBI President.
  1. SIPTU would like to thank all members who attended and those who sent messages of support.
  1. The board of NMBI are meeting again, tomorrow (Wednesday), at which the fee increase is to be discussed in response to the on-going campaign;
  1. In the interim we, once again, reaffirm our advice, to all members, to cancel their direct debits, to NMBI, immediately if they have not already done so;
  1. All SIPTU members are also asked to await further advice, from our three unions, as to when to pay the €100 retention fee;
  1. A further update will issue, in the coming days, detailing all developments in this issue. Keep monitoring www.siptuhealth.ie

  Remember follow the campaign. Await further advice.

Pay €100 when advised.

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SIPTU calls for No More Board Increases

SIPTU Nurses and Midwives, are holding a public protest, at 12.00 noon tomorrow Tuesday, 18th November 2014, outside the head offices of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland in Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

This protest is the latest step in the nationwide campaign of opposition, being mounted by the three unions, against the decision, of NMBI, to seek an increase in the retention fee, for 2015, of 50% to €150. This increase would mean that this regulatory body will have sought almost 80% of an increase, in two years, from all registered nurses and midwives.

The protest will see hundreds of nurses and midwives, from all over the country, travel to the head offices, of NMBI, to confirm their outright opposition to this totally inexplicable, unjustified and indefensible increase in fees being sought by the regulatory body.

The registration fee, for all other health professionals, is remaining at €100, until at least January 2017. However the NMBI, due to its failure to control legal and other costs, is saying it must seek this increase despite the fact that:

  • nurses and midwives have suffered, at a minimum, a reduction in salary of over 14% in the last four years; and
  • inflation is running at less than 1%.

The reaction to this attempt to increase this retention fee has confirmed, to our three unions, that the NMBI, currently, does not enjoy the support and confidence of the professions it is established to regulate. In fact the view of the vast majority of nurses and midwives is that the Board charges them a registration fee, annually, only to fund the legal costs, in fitness to practice hearings, when difficulties in the clinical environment are being investigated.

The NMBI has not, despite the past five years of cutbacks, loss of nursing posts and underfunding of the health system, made any public comment about the impact, of such cuts, upon the ability of nurses and midwives to practice safely in the interests of patients.

In mounting this campaign of opposition SIPTU have consistently reaffirmed the following:

  1. Their support for a retention fee, of €100, which is the same retention fee levied upon all other allied health professionals.

 

  1. The need for a regulatory body that protects the public by ensuring that nurses and midwives can practice in an environment conducive to the highest quality care through safe practice.

 

  1. That all expenditure, by the statutory regulatory body, is subject to openness and full transparency with tighter controls of public relations and legal costs.

 

  1. Their collective commitment to agreeing a long term funding model, for NMBI, which ensures the costs of regulation is properly shared between the professions, service providers and the Board in the interests of the general public.