NEWSFLASH NO. 16
22 December 2014
CAMPAIGN OF OPPOSITION TO NMBI FEE INCREASE
REMEMBER - YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY BY 1 JANUARY 2015
On behalf of our three unions, and as we enter the final days of 2014, we want to take this opportunity to reiterate our previous advice that NO MEMBER HAS TO PAY THEIR ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE, TO NMBI, BY 1 ST JANUARY 2015.
We again wish to stress the following:
1. The NMBI has now acknowledged, in public statements, that following the initial reminder they will issue a second reminder, around 2 nd February 2015, and provide for a further 28 days for payment. The matter will then be referred to the full Board.
2. Against this background we remind every member that they do not have to pay by 1 st January, and every nurse/midwife remains on the register until the renewal process is complete as per point 1. No employer can change this legal reality.
3. Members are again advised to pay €100, keeping a paper record of payment, to NMBI, by cheque, postal order or credit transfer after 5 th January 2015.
4. We thank every workplace for the massive response to our social media “Thunderclap” picture protest. We have uploaded pictures, from workplaces all over the country, indicating the massive support for this campaign. These pictures have been sent to your local TDs/Senators, many of whom have responded through Twitter/Facebook, indicating their support for our campaign and the payment of €100 as an annual retention fee.
5. Badges, confirming payment of €100 and that you are still registered, will be distributed, to workplaces, in the early days of the New Year, and we would ask members to wear same when at work.
6. This retention fee issue, was again raised at the Haddington Road Health Service Oversight Body meeting held last Friday, 19 th December 2014. At this meeting the unions collectively reaffirmed that nurses/midwives will pay €100, as an annual retention fee in 2015, fully consistent with the retention fee applicable to other allied health professionals in 2015.
• it should also be noted that, at this meeting, the HSE confirmed it would not take any person, off the payroll, pending further developments; and
• the Department of Health also confirmed they continue to engage, with the NMBI, with a view to resolving the current impasse.
STAY SOLID - STAY STRONG - PAY €100 -
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Season's greetings and Happy New Year to every member and their families.