The Labour Court recommendations aimed at ending the dispute over nurse’s pay and conditions are "very complex" and require a lot of explaining, according to the Secretary General of the INMO.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Phil Ní Sheaghdha said INMO committee members have reacted positively to the proposals once the transition to the new nursing pay scale and broadening of allowance base was fully explained to them.

Yesterday the union recommended that members accept the Labour Court proposals.

Three days of strike action were called off this week following intensive talks between unions, the Health Service Executive and Government officials.

These talks ultimately led to the Labour Court recommendations.

This morning Ms Ní Sheaghdha said the changes would require amalgamating scales and introducing allowances that do not apply currently, adding that "when that is set out people see the gain".

She said nurses qualifying this year will be more inclined to stay in Ireland as a result of the enhanced salary scale.


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Ms Ní Sheaghdha said existing nurses will also get a gain on a new salary scale.

She said it wanted to modernise the contract on ongoing negotiations in respect of additional work to be carried out.

She said the INMO also particularly welcomed the guaranteed funding to implement the Framework for Nurse Staffing as part of the proposals.

She said this was something the INMO had looked for for over a decade and would ensure staffing was based on dependency and ultimately lead to savings.