Nurses and midwives begin vote on strike action

Nurses and midwives begin vote on strike action

A ballot over strike action is underway of nurses and midwives in a dispute about understaffing and safety in the health service.

The INMO says low pay is making it impossible to recruit and retain staff, which is risking patient safety, limiting hospital capacity, and contributing to overcrowding.

Voting will run in offices, hospitals and workplaces across Ireland for just under four weeks until December 13.

The union has more than 40,000 nurse and midwife members, and all INMO members employed by the public health service have a right to vote.


The INMO Executive Council has recommended that members vote to go on strike.

If the vote passes, nurses and midwives will stop work for 24 hours. If unresolved, this will escalate to further 24-hour stoppages.

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said the action is all about safety.

"Nurses and midwives do not want to go on strike. We just want to do our jobs and care for patients. Yet understaffing means we can no longer do that," she said.


The government are ignoring voices from the frontline. Without a pay rise for nurses and midwives, we will never be able to recruit enough staff for a safe health service.

“Going on strike is not a decision we take lightly, but we have been left with no option and are now forced down this path. Nurses and midwives are united and will stand up for our professions and our patients,” she said.

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