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Get involved in these protests around the country in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford.
Wear your yellow campaign tee shirts and make yourself as visible as possible.
PNA /INMO youth will be part of the delegation in austerity march in Dublin as we are seen as one of the few youth groups who have stood up and said ‘ Enough is enough. We will not accept any further cuts'.
Meeting place for PNA/ INMO students and graduates in Dublin will be INMO HQ in Smithfield at 12.50 pm on Saturday where you will be given yellow tee shirts and placards for the march .
PNA Contact person is: HAMADA
The PNA and INMO today held an intensive round of information/ briefing meetings to Dáil Eireann. We continued our political campaign of engaging with political parties, meeting with Labour TD's and Senators this morning.
Last week we met with Sinn Fein. Following the meeting with the Labour Party, Deputy Patrick Nulty chaired an open briefing session for all TD's and Senators which was attended by about 60 TD's and Senators from across all parties and independents. We were overwhelmed with this show of support and solidarity with our campaign.
The Briefing Session offered our articulate, eloquently newly qualified nurses to set out their personal accounts of the struggles, sacrifices and achievements they encountered in the course of their training , having qualified as nurses to be met with this latest attack by Government which in essence targets the nursing profession in this most unfair, unjust offensive way.
The consistent message remains from PNA/INMO
The campaign to contact public representatives with the essential facts will now intensify further .
We have been inundated with inquiries to HQ regarding media reports of HSE proposals to recruit 1000 new graduates to be paid at 80% of staff nurse wage.
The PNA have not been involved either formally or informally in talks covering these proposals.
Des Kavanagh, General Secretary has today written to Mr Barry O'Brien HR Director, HSE, requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the validity of these media reports and to express the concern and anger of members.
The letter itself is self explanatory and we encourage members to contact their branch officers or HQ outlining the impact such a proposal would have.
Please click on this link to view copy of the letter to HSE
The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Thursday) announced the suspension of industrial action at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, Merlin Park in order to allow the Labour Relations Commission to assist the parties to resolve the outstanding issues
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The PNA and INMO have organised a protest for this Friday 1 st February .
The protest will take place outside HSE HQ, (Dr Steeven's Hospital) opposite Heuston Station, Dublin at 11:00.
The PNA/ INMO reaffirm their outright opposition, to the proposed HSE graduate programme, and reiterate their shared view that that recruiting graduates @ 80% of the agreed pay rate i.e. € 22,000 is nothing other than an attempt to introduce cheap labour in breach of agreed salaries under a superficial guise of an educational graduate programme.
The HSE are presenting this flawed initiative as some sort of opportunity for new graduates. In reality, this programme is an insult to the nursing and midwifery profession and devalues every nurse/midwife is an overt attempt to recruit cheap labour in breach of agreed salaries.
Please make it your priority to attend this protest demonstration. We also urge you to share this information with your colleagues through all media fora, text, facebook, e mail, notice boards. We must protect the future of nursing and midwifery in Ireland.
The HSE have confirmed low numbers of applications for these positions. This is supported by the fact that the HSE have extended the date and have opened the positions up to 2010 and 2011 graduates, which is a clear admission that there is no educational/mentorship component to this proposal.
These nurses will be asked to perform all the duties of a Staff Nurse for 80% of the salary.
As part of an ongoing campaign, including meetings with the Political parties, PNA and INMO representatives met with Caoimhin O Caolain and Senator David Cullinane and Sinn Fein have confirmed their full support for this process.
A briefing/information meeting has been arranged for next Wednesday 23rd Jan @ 12.00 in Dail Eireann at which three newly qualified nurses/graduates will have the opportunity to address TD's and Senators & for the PNA/INMO to outline why and how savings can be made in respect of agreed pay rates.
We call on the Graduates to continue with the Boycott of these positions because it is working. We ask all members to contact their TD's over the coming days to lobby them to support this campaign and to attend the briefing session next Wednesday January 28th @ 12.00 in Dáil Eireann.
Continue to support this campaign and resist this attack on Nurses and the devaluing of our Professions
15 th March 2012
The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA ) will be joined by mental health advocacy groups and relatives at a lunchtime protest tomorrow to highlight the continuing cuts in Carlow Mental Health Services. The protest will take place tomorrow 16 th March 2012, at 12 p.m.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's protest, PNA General Secretary, Des Kavanagh said people in the Carlow region are extremely annoyed to see model services that had been built up in Carlow being slowly dismantled.
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