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Nurses in Ireland strike

11th April 2007
In Ireland, more than 40,000 nurses strike over a dispute concerning salary and hours.

From 11 April, members of the Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) and the Psychiatric Nurses’ Association (PNA) will instigate work stoppages for short periods of time at selected hospitals around Ireland. Nurses have requested a 10% rise in pay and a reduction in working time to a 35 hour week.

Following the collapse of talks with the Health Service Executive (HSE) earlier this year, unions chose the following targets: Dublin’s St Vincent’s University Hospital, Clonmel’s South Tipperary Hospital and the South Tipperary Mental Health Services. Nurses plan to cease work for one hour between 1100 and midday.

The hospitals have negotiated with the HSE in an attempt to lessen the impact of stoppages on scheduled procedures. Clonmel’s hospital has confirmed some cancellations and Dublin expects delays.

The nurses’ unions have been engaged in a work to rule action since January. Nurses have not undertaken any clerical or IT duties, answered phones or taken part in meetings. The government has refused to negotiate with the unions. They insist nurses should accept the national pay agreement.

More stoppages are planned at different hospitals on Friday 13 April. If a resolution to the problem is not reached, the amount and length of stoppages in Ireland are planned to escalate.

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