The General Secretary of the INMO has warned that nurses and midwives across the country will leave to seek better employment elsewhere, due to the low standard of pay.
The General Secretary Liam Doran made his comments after the government and union members reached an agreement on a public sector pay increase yesterday afternoon. The new deal reportedly includes €2,000 in pay increases which are expected to happen the next two years between January of next year and September of 2017. The decision has not been deemed much of success to some Unions as many believe workers pay should reflect on their contribution to society. The INMO will put the new proposals to a vote for their members over the coming weeks.
Mr Doran said: “There are many people in this country who still say the minimum wage should be reduced, while they’re enjoying very fat profits.” “The time will never be right to give workers a fair crack of the whip. “If you do not pay nurses, midwives, and other professionals a sufficient amount of money in Ireland, will they stay or will they go? And if they go, where will we get health services? He added: “Nothing is as black and white as those who would pursue profit at the expense of workers.”