End pay discrimination for graduate nurses – Devine
Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has described the situation whereby nurses in Ireland who graduated between the years 2011 – 2015 will be earning less than their colleagues who graduate in 2016 due to a decision made by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to amend a deal agreed with the unions in 2015 which would have seen restored recognition of pay levels from 2011 onward as “a situation which the department has created is wholly unacceptable and they now need to honour the agreement which was made in December 2015”.
Senator Devine said:
“My party Sinn Féin and I are all for pay restoration and fair pay levels for graduates who do a very difficult and essential job for the Country. The situation which has been created by the Department however is ridiculous, unfair and pits graduate against graduate.
“Graduates who qualified between 2011 and 2015 cannot be expected to now earn less than some of their colleagues who qualify in this year 2016. These graduates remained working in the HSE in extremely tough conditions when many of their fellow graduates were forced to emigrate. They need to be rewarded not punished for their loyalty to the Country.
“I am calling on the Department to fully honour the agreement made with the INMO, PNA & SIPTU to restore recognition of the 36 week Nursing Internship from 2011 onward and end the pay discrimination.
“Louise O’Reilly TD, myself, and Sinn Féin will be fully supporting a protest by the unions on this matter next Tuesday 27th September to coincide with the resumption of the Dáil.”