INMO ballots members on draft agreement as ED strikes are suspended

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The head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has denied that proposals agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission last night breach the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

A deal was struck between INMO and HSE representatives at the WRC last night, to avoid planned strike action today.

Letterkenny University Hospital was not part of today's planned action, but will be included in the new year if agreement isn't reached.

Under the proposals existing emergency department nurses will get two extra days leave next year and in 2017 to compensate for breaks lost due to overcrowding.

There's also to be an overhaul of the escalation policy in EDs, while new recruits will be eligible for a 15-hundred euro bursary after one year in the job.

INMO General Secretary Liam Doran says the proposals do not breach the public sector pay deal and it's up to nurses to decide whether or not to accept them.............

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin says the proposals put forward will spark the interest of other public sector unions, but the Lansdowne Road Agreement is not up for re-negotiation...........