Strike Action

  • Nurses and midwives have voted to go on strike over staff shortages and pay.

    95% of members of the INMO voted in favour of industrial action. 

    The executive will meet on January 7th and 8th to discuss the result and set dates for their 24-hour work stoppages

     

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    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will meet today to discuss its plans for a series of 24 hour strikes.

    95 per cent of nurses and midwives voted for industrial action last month in a row over staff shortages and pay.

    If a national strike goes ahead, it would see INMO members providing only lifesaving and emergency care.

    Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said a pay rise for nurses would be "unaffordable and unsustainable".

    Professor of Employment Law at Maynooth University, Michael Doherty, says it's difficult to see how the strikes can be avoided.

     

     

  • A ballot over strike action is underway among nurses and midwives in a dispute about understaffing and safety in the health service.

    The INMO says low pay is making it impossible to recruit and retain staff, which is risking patient safety, limiting hospital capacity, and contributing to overcrowding.

     Voting will take place in offices, hospitals and workplaces across Ireland until December 13th.

    If the vote is passed, nurses and midwives will stop work for 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, there are 386 patients on hospital trolleys around the country today - including 32 at University Hospital Galway, 21 at Sligo University Hospital and 11 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

     

  • Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association  will strike next month in an escalating campaign of industrial action in their dispute over pay and staff shortages.

    The psychiatric nurses will initially refuse to work overtime on 31st January, or on 5th, 6th and 7th February.

    They will then escalate their industrial action to full strikes on 12, 13, and 14 February.

    95% of PNA members rejected government proposals to address recruitment and retention issues among nurses.

    This follows confirmation earlier this week from the  INMO that they will strike for 24 hours on 30 January, as well as the 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14 February unless their pay demands are addressed.

  • Ryanair has slammed German pilots joining Friday's day of strike action in Europe.

    The airline has cancelled 250 flights to and from the country in what they call an 'unjustified strike'.

    Ryanair has criticised German pilots for joining their counterparts in a 24 hour strike in Ireland, Belgium and Sweden.

    The Vereinigung Cockpit  confirmed industrial action at a press conference earlier over pay and working conditions.

    The airline has criticised the short notice after the VC refused to give 7 days notice so the airline could minimise customer disruption.

    They're also calling on the VC to continue negotiations rather than strikes and consider the the revised proposal on a collective Labour Agreement that they sent them on Friday the 3rd of August.

    Affected customers will be notified this afternoon and can take a refund, free flight move or reroute.

    24 hour stoppages will take place in Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Sweden on Friday while pilots in the Netherlands have yet to decide whether on not they will join the strikes.

  • Tesco has called on Mandate trade union to withdraw strike notices at two stores in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon.

    Mandate members at the two stores in the North West voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

    However, in a statement the company says the action is unwarranted and the stores will remain open on the two days in December pencilled in for strike action.

    They say they have always abided by agreed procedures and expect the union to do so.

    The union today announced the action is scheduled for Thursday December 6th and Friday 14th over a number of issues.

    Mandate's Ciaran Campbell says if necessary they will look for support from other stores.

  • Thousands of Ryanair passengers will be forced to make alternative travel plans today as cabin crew in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium stage a 24-hour strike.

    However there will be no disruption to flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Any passengers affected by cancellations have been informed by text or email and passengers not contacted by Ryanair should check-in as usual for their flight.

    It comes as IALPA pilots at Ryanair have announced a fourth one-day strike for Friday 3 August.

    It's part of an ongoing row with management over seniority, base transfers and annual leave.

    Yesterday the airline confirmed that up to 300 pilots and cabin crew could lose their jobs in October as it scales back its fleet in Dublin.