Nurses and midwives may strike again over ‘unreasonable’ government offer

Labour court to examine disputed clauses of new draft contract.

Sligo News File.

It looks that the country’s overburdened hospital services could be hit with another strike by nursing and midwifery staff.

Harris, Health Minister

New contracts offered by the government following the previous strike action have been rejected by union representatives.

Talks between the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and government parties broke down without agreement yesterday.

Disputed clauses of the new draft contract are now being referred for examination by the Labour Court.

The INMO has criticised proposals tabled by the government as ‘unreasonable.’

Currently, more than half a million patients are on waiting lists for hospital consultations.