Nurses and management attend Labour Court talks amid strike turmoil

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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Nurses and management attend Labour Court talks amid strike turmoil

LIMERICK members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will know if they are to return to the picket lines for a fourth time later this Monday evening, as the Labour Court has intervened in the nationwide dispute. 

Three consecutive strike days are planned for more than 40,000 INMO and Psychiatric Nurse Association (PNA) members nationwide, starting this Tuesday and ending on Thursday. 

A further two dates of strike action are planned for February 19 and February 21. 

It is understood that the HSE has expressed concerns to the Government over increased patient risk as a result of the strike action, which has led to thousands of appointment cancellations. 

But nurses have told the Limerick Leader that they are adamant to continue to the picket lines, as there remains widespread unrest over pay parity, pay increases, staff recuitment and retention, and working conditions.