Minister Reilly should advertise abroad to fill 80% Salary Graduate Nurse posts.
It seems that only a handful of applicants have applied for the new cost saving Graduate Nurse posts. If Irish Nurses are not prepared to work for the wages on offer the Minister should look elsewhere to fill the vacancies.
Patients must be put first and if 1000 new Nurses are required then he should make all haste to fill the posts and provide the labour required on the front line. There are many fine nurses throughout the World who would be happy to take the jobs.
The INMO nursing union has maintained a voracious campaign of opposition to the Minister's cut price salary scheme.
The Minister must have courage and be prepared to import nurses in what ever numbers are required to face down the so called boy-cotters, even if it means importing non Irish Nurses to replace striking nurses.
Hold your nerve and your resolve Minister and you will prevail for the common good just as Baroness Thatcher broke the Miners.
The Nurses' and Union's line that they will not accept two different rates for the same job is nonsense.
There are about 10 different increment pay rates for nurses with other pay grades in addition depending on promotion, and additional various allowances paid on top of that again.
The 80% initiative is simply adding a new lower increment level required by diminished resources to maintain essential services for vulnerable people.
Time to ring Liam Doran and tell him you see him and raise him 50 graduate nurse vacancies advertised in a high skill low wage economy!