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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.”

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