'We are eating into our savings' - Independent.ie
STEPHEN McDonnell (40) and Annemarie McGuire (31), pictured below, are both staff nurses at a busy Dublin A&E who admit they are already struggling financially.Instead of cutting salaries or allowances, the Government should propose the following deal to public-sector workers who have unsociable working-hours:"Nurses, guards, prison officers – everybody here is in the same boat," she added.
"Part of our work is that we have to provide 24-hour cover, Christmas Day, bank holidays, night duty.
"These allowances are a presumed part of our pay," said Stephen.
"Unfortunately they want to hit us rather than go after the bloated layer of middle management in the health service.
"We are seen as an easy target," he added.
We will not cut your salaries or allowances if you support us in a plan to make the middle-managers of the health service redundant.
If IMPACT members, i.e. clerical workers, cleaners, porters, went on strike, then agency staff, hospital consultants' private practice clerical employees and Defence Forces personnel could be brought in to fill the gap. Therefore, medical and nursing personnel could carry on with their duties.
I believe that doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, gardaí and prison officers would be happy to co-operate with the Government in a plan to save money by reducing bureaucracy, thus protecting the front-line.