INMO Threatening Industrial Action Over HSE Recruitment Freeze
The Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation plans to engage with their members shortly about the potential for industrial action.
The nursing union say the HSE's wider recruitment freeze has "blindsided" them, and is warning it could lead to more nurses and midwives leaving their jobs and the country.
HSE chief executive Bernard Gloster told senior managers that consultant appointments, graduate nurses and midwives, and doctors in approved training programmes will be excluded from the recruitment freeze.
Colm Porter from the INMO says the freeze is a serious error:
"We're going to be considering any kind of action that is available to us.
"It's come as a big blow to our members and those that have gone for jobs that have now been withdrawn.
"So we're going to be talking to our members in the coming days and weeks around their appetite for taking industrial action, because we won't be shy [on] balloting them for industrial action should they feel that that's the only option available to them."