Dáil supports cross-party amendment backing nurses pay claim - Louise O'Reilly TD
Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has welcomed the news that a cross-party amendment supporting nurses pay claim from Sinn Féin, Independents4Change, the Social Democrats, and the Labour Party was passed by the Dáil this afternoon despite government opposition.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“There can be no equivocation from the government, the Dáil has given the Minister for Finance a clear instruction to sit down with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) and resolve the current dispute and confirm that pay will form part of the resolution.
“Sinn Féin are delighted to have been able to work alongside Independents4Change, the Social Democrats, and the Labour Party in order for force through this amendment supporting the nurses and midwives pay claim.
“The reasons we did this is we felt the original Fianna Fáil motion was not strong enough and failed to mention the issue of pay in resolving the dispute.
“Thankfully, despite government opposition, we were able to work with others on the left to back the nurses and midwives and pass this amendment which gives the government the clear instruction that the Dáil supports the nurses and midwives and also supports pay forming part of any resolution to the dispute.
“As I said last night in the Dáil, members of the INMO and the PNA have not taken the decision to strike lightly - this is their last resort.
“Nurses and midwives not only make a significant contribution to the health service, they make a significant contribution to society, and they deserve our support in their demand for a better health service which treats them as essential skilled workers with dignity and value and which pays them appropriately.
“Today those TDs who supported this cross-party amendment showed the government that the majority of TDs in the Dáil stand with nurses and midwives.
“The passing of this amendment and this motion give Minister Donohoe a clear instruction to sit down with nursing and midwifery Unions and strike a deal."