Labour Court

  • Government officials and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation return to the Labour Court this morning to try and resolve the nurses dispute.

    A formal hearing will take place, with the court likely to take several days to come back with a decision. 

    Last month it issued a recommendation aimed at ending strike action, which resulted in thousands of patients being disrupted by three days of industrial action.

    However nursing unions are unhappy with the productivity reforms in the planned new nursing contract, calling them "onerous" and "unreasonable".


    The INMO executive has recommended accepting the Labour court deal in the nurses row.

    A 3 day strike, due to take place this week, was suspended after the Labour Court intervened in the dispute over pay and conditions on Monday.

    The Nurses and Midwives Organisation will hold a series of briefings acorss the country in the next few weeks with a ballot taking place between the 11th and 25th of March.




  • The INMO is to begin balloting members next week on proposals aimed at resolving issues around the recent nurses strike.

    It's after the Labour Court ruled again yesterday on disputed parts of the deal. 

    The INMO says there's no reason to fear the contract on the table and they're happy to go back to their members.

  • The Chair of the Labour Court is hosting talks between nursing unions and the HSE this evening.

    The Department of Health, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and the General Secretary of ICTU are also attending the discussions, aimed at avoiding a strike by 37,000 nurses on Wednesday.

    The HSE has cancelled thousands of outpatient appointments and elective surgeries and is warning of widespread disruption to health services on the day.

    This is the first of a series of scheduled strikes over the coming weeks, as nurses want increases in pay, and recruitment and retention issues addressed.

  • The Labour Court has announced it will intervene in the nurses dispute.

    37,000 members of the Irish Nurses and midwives Organisation are due to take to the picket lines over the next 3 days along with 6,000 members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

    The parties involved in the dispute have been called for a Labour Court hearing at 3.30 this afternoon.

    Meanwhile, there are almost 600 people on hospital trolleys nationally today, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    In this region, there are 32 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 25 waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 23 at UHG and 4 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.



  • The Labour Court is issuing a recommendation to end the nurses dispute and avert tomorrow's strike action.

    It summoned both sides to a formal hearing, which has now ended.

    The Executive Council of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are meeting in the past few minutes to consider the proposal, and whether to suspend tomorrow's strikes.

    40,000 nurses and midwives belonging to the INMO and PNA will stage the industrial action in an escalation of their dispute with the government over pay and working conditions.

  • Nursing Unions and the HSE are due before the Labour Court today in a bid to resolve the dispute that led to a number of strike days last month.

    The two sides have failed to agree on a new contract which includes productivity measures for staff. 

    Recruitment and retention are at the heart of the row and the INMO claim current proposals fail to address the issues.

  • The HSE says it will do everything it can to restore normal service following the suspension of this week's nurses strike.

     Outpatient appointments are set to go ahead as planned today and patients with appointments for today, tomorrow and Thursday are advised to attend as scheduled.

    Surgical patients will be contacted by their hospital if their procedure is going ahead.

    Nurses could get pay rises of around 7 percent as part of the Labour Court deal which will be balloted on within the next month

    Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe refused to be drawn on the details before briefing his Cabinet colleagues but he confirmed he would be recommending acceptance.

    Health Minister Simon Harris says he’s confident the HSE can quickly restore services to the country's hospitals.

    The INMO's Phil Ní Sheaghdha, says more negotiation is needed on some aspects of the deal.

    Meanwhile patient representatives say the industrial relations system has failed the people of Ireland with the length of time it's taken to get to this point, and lessons should be learned to ensure it doesn't happen again.


  • The Psychiatric Nurses' Association will attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission on Monday.

    It's after the union suspended strike action that was due to start next week, in their ongoing recruitment and retention dispute.

    The Psychiatric Nurses Association planned 3 days of industrial action on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

    However, following an intervention from the Labour Court during yesterday's talks, the PNA's decided to suspend the strikes.

    The Court suggested the parties meet again for talks at the Workplace Relations Commission to try and sort out any outstanding issues, in the dispute over recruitment and retention.

    Both sides have now agreed to attend discussions at the WRC on Monday, ahead of returning to the Labour Court on Wednesday.

  • SIPTU is calling on management at the Coca Cola plant in Ballina to fully implement a Labour Court recommendation recognising the right of workers in the plant to collective trade union representation.

    The Labour Court has recommended in favour of SIPTU's claim to have negotiation rights for workers in the concentrate manufacturing facility, but the union claims management has refused to implement the recommendation.

    Over 100 workers at the Coca Cola plant in Ballina are members of SIPTU, and the union is calling on management to immediately implement the Labour Court recommendation and engage with the union to negotiate terms and conditions of employment for members.

    Midwest News has asked Coca-Cola for a comment on the matter and we are awaiting a response. 

  • Talks will get back underway at the Labour Court this morning to try and find a breakthrough in the nurses dispute.

    The HSE, INMO and government officials held 10 hours of discussions on pay and working conditions yesterday, which finished up in the early hours of this morning.

    The industrial action by 40 thousand nurses and midwives looks set to go ahead on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Psychiatric nurses are also set to strike - meaning up to 80 thousand medical appointments could be cancelled.

  • The Labour Court will contact nursing unions and the HSE later today, after 8 hours of talks last night failed to reach a resolution to avoid tomorrow's strike.

    40,000 nurses belonging to the INMO will stage industrial action, in a row with the government and the HSE over pay and staffing shortages.

    All outpatient appointments and elective surgeries for tomorrow have been cancelled.

    Patricia King, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, says the union movement wants an agreement.

  • The Labour Court will decide later this morning if it can intervene in the ongoing pay dispute between nurses and the government.

    Talks aimed at averting industrial action ended just after 3 o'clock this morning, following 15 hours of negotiations.

    Nursing unions and the government side spent around 35 hours this weekend briefing the Labour Court.

    They arrived for talks at 12.30pm yesterday, and emerged at 3am this morning.

    The Labour court will now decide if there's common ground between both sides for it to intervene.

    Nurses want a 12 per cent pay rise but the government says that isn't feasible and  would cost an extra € 300 million a year.

    Speaking on his way out of the talks, Labour Court chairman, Kevin Foley, says both sides have fully briefed the court:

    Three days of strikes by members of the INMO and PNA unions are due to begin tomorrow, which could create chaos in the health service.