Nursing contract talks adjourn
SIPTU representatives have tonight (Friday, 1st March) said that talks between nursing unions and Department of Health, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and Health Service Executive (HSE) officials on the details of a proposed contract of employment for the new Enhanced Nurse post within have adjourned until Wednesday 6th March.
At the discussions, SIPTU representatives raised serious concerns about the scale of the changes in the proposed new contract and informed stakeholders that SIPTU members must be consulted on any changes in their terms and conditions.
Following the meeting, SIPTU Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis said: ‘We had a full and frank exchange with the Government departments regarding the proposed draft contract. We outlined our strong views this document will not be acceptable to our membership in its current form and significant change is required.”
SIPTU Health Division Organiser Paul Bell, said: “Elements of the proposed draft are a retrograde step backwards for nursing and midwifery. We understand the employers will consider the points made by our team and we look forward to further engagement next week.”
SIPTU Health will provide further updates to our members in the coming days.