Psych nurses ‘turn off goodwill’ tap in pay cuts protest

Psychiatric nurses have become the latest frontline public sector workers to “turn off the goodwill” tap in protest at the measures proposed under Croke Park II.

From Mar 19, the 7,000 members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association will:

* Refuse to use their personal mobile phones for work purposes;

* Refuse to use their own cars for routine travel associated with their work;

* Adhere strictly to their rosters — ie, they will not agree to swap days to facilitate covering shortages arising from the Government moratorium, etc.

The actions are very similar to the protests being undertaken by rank-and-file members of the gardaí.

Also, from Mar 15, the National Ambulance Service Representative Association will stop using personal phones as well as computers and satellite navigation systems.

A PNA spokesman said that while the measures would have an impact on services to patients, the main effect would be to show management how much its members give to their jobs through goodwill.

PNA deputy general secretary Seamus Murphy said: “In withdrawing these ‘goodwill’ practices which management have come to take for granted in the delivery of services, psychiatric nurses are showing that they are not prepared to accept the regressive and draconian proposals of Croke Park II.”

Mr Murphy said the result of the ICTU ballot on Croke Park II is due to be published on Apr 17, the day before the PNA annual conference. “PNA will set aside as much time as necessary to discuss the outcome of that vote and plan its response which will include, if necessary, a plan to ballot members for industrial action,” he said.


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