SIPTU’s Nursing and Midwife sector represents General Nurses, Midwives, Children’s Nurses, Public Health Nurses, Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability and Psychiatric Nurses at all grades, in both the public and private sector. As a Union we are committed not only to a high standard of representation but also to the protection of the qualifications and the status of Nursing and Midwifery as professions.
SIPTU’s Nursing and Midwifery Sector Committee is responsible for formulating campaigns that are important to its members across the country. The Sector committee is directly elected by SIPTU members in nursing and midwifery grades every two years.
The Nursing and Midwifery Sector has been involved in a number of successful campaigns recently including:
1) Campaigning for additional financial supports for student nurses and midwives. This resulted in an announcement by the Minister for Health in December 2022 that an additional €9m would be made available to provide additional supports to students.
2) Campaigning for the reversal of the increase in weekly working hours provided for under the Haddington Road Agreement.
3) Campaigning for increases to pay of 3.28% on specific nursing and midwifery management grades under the Sectoral Bargaining clause of the Building Momentum agreement.
The Sector is also actively involved in ongoing campaigns around safe staffing and appropriate skill mix in all settings.