Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have voted, by a margin of 97%, to accept the new public sector pay deal.

In August, the Government reached agreement with unions and staff associations on a set of proposals that would see public sector workers receive a 6.5% pay increase over two years.

The deal would deliver increases of 3% backdated from 2 February 2022, 2% from 1 March 2023 and 1.5% or €750, whichever is the greater, from 1 October 2023.

This would come on top of a 2% increase already included in the existing public sector pay agreement, 'Building Momentum'.

After agreement was reached, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) said that individual unions should ballot their members on whether to accept or reject the deal.

Announcing its members acceptance of the agreement, the INMO said it was clear from its information meetings that workplaces are raising serious concerns about their ability to provide a safe level of care this winter.

"We are now engaging with members separately in workplaces to look at measures to provide them with realistic workloads," said INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha.

"We will continue to monitor the cost-of-living increases, in light of today's warning by the Central Bank of Ireland that inflation is forecasted to continue to rise," she added.

Last week, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) and the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) announced that its members had voted to accept the new public sector pay deal.

Fórsa and SIPTU are expected to announce the results of their ballots tomorrow.

The results will then be aggregated at a meeting of the ICTU Public Services Committee on Friday.