Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (182)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

182. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated cost in 2019 and 2020 of implementing in full the Labour Court recommendations of February 2019 on resolving the industrial dispute with nurses; the estimated annual recurring cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7909/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The indicative estimates of the net additional costs associated with Labour Court Recommendation LCR 21900 are as follows:

2019: €10m - €15m

2020: €30m - €35m

These estimates include the cost of the potential movement of staff to the new Enhanced Nursing Practice salary scale and other elements of the Recommendation such as the extension of the location/qualification allowance to medical and surgical areas, offset by Agency Savings and the re-configuration of the new entrant deal.

These estimates are necessarily high level and indicative reflecting the fact that further detailed work and negotiation is to take place over the coming weeks as provided for under the Labour Court Recommendation in relation to a new nursing contract.