Nurses Vote In Favour Of Settlement
Nurses have voted in favour of accepting proposals to end their work-to-rule. The result of the ballot of over 35,000 members of the Irish Nurses Organisation was 54% in favour and 46% against.
Their work-to-rule will be lifted tomorrow morning at 8am.
Nurses voted on settlement proposals to end their 52-day dispute over pay and working hours.
Nurses and midwives were offered a 37.5-hour week by June next year, as well as an independent commission to examine how and when a 35-hour week can be achieved.
Under the settlement, the main pay issues must be dealt with through benchmarking.
The result of a ballot of members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association on the deal will not be available until 5 June.
The Minister for Health, Mary Harney, welcomed the result of the vote.
She said the outcome is ‘very encouraging’. She added: ‘Together we can deliver changes for patients that do not involve reduction in services or new cost for taxpayers.’