Nurses Balloted On Industrial Action

The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) has joined many of Ireland's other workers unions, balloting its members for industrial action over the public-service pension levy.

In a statement today, the PNA said that following a meeting of its National Executive the union has decided to reject the so-called Pension Levy as a crude, discriminatory and inequitable tax on public sector employment, and to ballot for Industrial Action up to and including strike.

The union called on all other Health Service Unions to hold a similar ballot.

The PNA says the move could cause up to 800 nurses to retire prematurely, costing the state more than €100m.

Spokesman for the Union Des Kavanagh said: "Our members are very angry. We believe the Government has been panicked into this unfair and penalising levy. We call on them to step back from the brink. Otherwise, more and more unions will be driven into a 'public service war'.

"Government are missing a great opportunity to deliver the necessary savings by consensus in a society wide recovery pact. Instead they are stoking the fires of strife and division."

Its ballot for industrial action is being held during the next two weeks.


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