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IMO votes unamimously against Croke Park II

The Irish Medical Organisation said their members would not be bound by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions by accepting the Croke Park II proposals

IMO members voting no at IMO conference today.
IMO members voting no at IMO conference today.
Image: Don MacMonagle via macmonagle.com

THE IRISH MEDICAL organisation suspended scheduled proceedings at their AGM today to hold an emergency debate on the Croke Park II proposals, where delegates seemed to have heeded earlier calls for a ‘no vote’ any unanimously voted against the new deal on the table.

Speaking at the beginning of its three-day annual conference in Kerry, the IMO said their members would not be bound by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions by accepting the Croke Park II proposals, “which aim to impose large pay cuts and much longer working hours on IMO members”.

The IMO Council said they will also consider its options if the ICTU’s Public Service Committee approves Croke Park II later this month.

“We need to send a clear message to Government that our members have no more left to give,” added the IMO

The IMO, along with Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation, the Civil Public and Services Union and UNITE, withdrew from the Croke Park II talks on Sunday, 24 February as it felt there was nothing being proposed that addressed the savings being sought other than to increase hours, impact patient care and cut public sector workers’ pay.

The IMO have gone back to discussing their scheduled agenda, which also includes abortion, and payments made to its former chief executive.

Read: Irish Medical Organisation AGM begins in Kerry amid tensions >

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