NEWSFLASH NO. 18
05 January 2015
CAMPAIGN OF OPPOSITION TO NMBI FEE INCREASE
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
PAY €100 FEE TO NMBI WHEN YOU CAN
On behalf of our three unions we wish to begin this update by thanking the hundreds of workplaces, and thousands of nurses/MIDWIVES, who have supported the campaign, in opposition to this NMBI fee increase, over the last number of weeks.
Despite the frequently threatening, and at times contradictory, statements, from NMBI, we know that thousands of our members have followed the campaign and will, when their personal circumstance allows, pay €100, by cheque/postal order or credit transfer, to NMBI, as per our previous advice.
We would ask members to realise that this campaign of opposition is not just about the proposed fee increase for 2015. We would ask members to recall that the fee was increased, by over 12%, this time last year and NMBI have clearly said they reserve their position, with regard to further increases, for 2016 and beyond. This, obviously, completely ignores the income reductions that nurses and midwives have suffered, in recent years, and NMBI, as a monopoly, cannot increase its fees by 50% and maintain credibility.
Against this background we would again remind members of the following:
1. Members should now pay, €100 (the existing fee), by cheque/postal order/credit transfer when their personal circumstances allows.
2. We will shortly be distributing badges, in all workplaces, which members can wear to demonstrate they have paid €100 and remain on the register.
3. NMBI has confirmed that its own internal procedures provides for a second reminder, which will issue after 2 nd February 2015, allowing for a further 28 days before the matter goes before the NMBI Board in March/April.
4. The HSE has confirmed that it only requires confirmation of registration, for 2015, by 30 th April 2015. Therefore there is no requirement for any local demand, for confirmation of registration, before this date (HSE issued a circular on 23 rd December 2014 on this matter).
5. We continue in contact, with the Department of Health and it remains outstanding under the Haddington Road Agreement.
CAMPAIGN IS WORKING
PAY €100 FEE WHEN YOU CAN
Further updates will issue in the coming days.