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Croke Park II will cut nurses wages by 11.1pc, not 1.7pc – INMO

Phil O’Shea from the IMNO said that government figures of a 1.7 per cent drop were incorrect.

General Secretary of the INMO, Liam Doran (file photo)
General Secretary of the INMO, Liam Doran (file photo)
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE INMO HAVE said that nurses are to suffer a drop in pay of 11.1 per cent under the Croke Park agreement, and not the 1.7 per cent that government have said.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the industrial relations officer with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Phil O’Shea, said that the figure, which had been mentioned by the assistant secretary at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Paul Reid, was “incorrect”.

Based on a study by consulting actuaries Joseph Byrne and Sons, O’Shea said that the cut to staff psychiatric nurses, based on an average salary of €38,000, would be 11.1 per cent.

She said that Croke Park II proposals, which would see an end of the twilight payment along with a reduced Sunday premium, would lead to a reduction of 6.3 per cent, and that the extra working hours which were also being proposed would increase it to 11.1 per cent.

The study also found that garda pay would drop by five per cent, while the pay of a garda sergeant would drop by 3.5 per cent.

Firefighers would see a drop of three per cent, while a higher executive officer in the civil service would see a drop of seven per cent.

The INMO have called for the rejection of the Croke Park agreement.

O’Shea said:

The point we’re making is that Croke Park One is still in existence, and doesn’t expire until the middle of next year. If the proposals fail, as we hope they will, we still have Croke Park One.
The government may legislate, but this is not a financial emergency measure bill, we don’t  believe, as the last two pay cuts have been. When government cut pay three times in one term, that’s just unfair.

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