Ireland: nurses and midwives have voted to strike. Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization, INMO, backed strike action by 95 percent, to go on strike in the new year over pay, recruitment and retention issues.
As part of the strikes, INMO members will withdraw their labor, but they will still provide emergency and life-saving care. The union is expected to stage a number of 24-hour stoppages in hospitals across the country.
The union will meet on January 7th and 8th to decide on the dates of the proposed strikes. Psychiatric nurses have already voted for action up to and including strikes.
Nurses and midwives are the lowest paid professionals in the health service and they earn thousands less than similarly qualified health professionals, despite having longer work weeks and possibly being one of the only health service profession that will not shortly be made obsolete.