Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Department of Health
It should also be noted that as party to the Public Service Stability Agreement, the INMO and the PNA has agreed that there will be no cost-increasing claims for improvements in pay or conditions of employment for the duration of the Agreement. The Agreement also precludes industrial disputes for the duration.
Notwithstanding this, both the INMO and the PNA have rejected the pay proposals recommended by the Public Service Pay Commission. Both unions have also balloted their members for industrial action. The results of these ballots indicate that their members strongly support taking such action. Health Sector management has met with these unions on two occasions to discuss their demands but it has not been possible to reach agreement. Health sector management remain open to further engagement.
I understand that the National Oversight Body has invited both parties (Health sector management and INMO and PNA) to a meeting to discuss the issues early in the new year. I would hope that this could help progress matters.