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Psychiatric Nurses oppose conscription for “HSE army”

In Yesterday’s Irish Times:

Meanwhile, at the Psychiatric Nurse Association (PNA) conference in Carlow yesterday, general secretary Des Kavanagh said the public sector should not be afraid of rejecting the public services pay and reform deal. He could find no good reason why public servants should accept the Croke Park agreement, he said.

“I am strongly of the view that for nurses to sign up for these proposals is akin to volunteering for conscription to a HSE army in which we surrender all of our rights and agree to obey our managers without protest, no matter how badly the service deteriorates,” he told the association’s annual conference in Carlow yesterday.

He criticised the proposed agreement, labelling it “absolutely blunt and indiscriminate”.

While he said that rejection of the deal would be “unprecedented” he added that, by accepting it, members would be endorsing “all of the worst cuts the HSE is trying to impose”.

He added that a requirement that unions would not take industrial action until 2014 was a “gagging clause” that sought to ensure obedience and compliance.

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