Irish Medical Organisation

IMO members in Cork University Hospital have voted in favour of industrial action

Friday 12th December 2014. IMO NCHD members in the Department of Anaesthetics at Cork University Hospital have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a ballot organised by the IMO over the past week.

The ballot was undertaken because the hospital has refused to pay NCHDs working in the department the contracted rate of pay since July last. The IMO is working to restore the contracted rate of pay to the NCHDs in the Department.

The hospital has stated that they have been instructed to implement new salary scales for Streamlined Specialised Training Programmes from 14 July 2014. However these new rates have not been agreed with the IMO and this represents a breach of NCHD contracts.

Speaking today Eric Young, Assistant Director of Industrial Relations at the IMO said that the ballot should be a wake-up call to Cork University Hospital that the rates of pay they have introduced are not agreed and not acceptable. He said; “this ballot demonstrates the strong, united and determined will of the NCHDs to take action to prevent Cork University Hospital from breaching pay agreements and imposing unapproved pay scales. We will now seek an urgent meeting with the management of the Hospital in order to see how they propose to defuse this situation but we will not hesitate to move to industrial action if that is necessary.”  

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