INMO suspends industrial action at Limerick maternity

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Nurses protesting recently outside the University Maternity Hospital in Limerick. This Friday's industrial action has been called off. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
INDUSTRIAL action that was due to take place this Friday at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick has been suspended.

INDUSTRIAL action that was due to take place this Friday at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick has been suspended.

This decision, made by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and SIPTU, follows an agreement reached on a set of proposals put forward to the Workplace Relations Commission, on Monday.

The proposals will see 30 additional nurses and midwives recruited over the next number of months, which “will significantly stabilise the workforce and services for mothers and pregnant women attending”, according to INMO.

INMO industrial relations officer, Mary Fogarty said:

“After lengthy discussion, it was agreed, by a majority of 80%, to accept the proposals and to suspend any action for a period of 6 months pending a review at that time on implementation progress. All of these issues will be subject to review periodically with the Workplace Relations Commission.”

97.5% of midwives voted in favour of work-to-rule industrial action, after expressing their level of frustration with the Ennis Road hospital, INMO stated this Thursday morning.