Are Irish nurses underpaid – what are the facts?

Smart Money: There are four key economic questions behind the nurses’ strike

Speaking outside the site of the new National Children's Hospital at St James's Hospital, Dublin INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha has stated that the nurses strike will continue until the pay issue is resolved. Video: Bryan O’Brien

The nurses’ strike is about pay and working conditions but it also reflects some of the key economic issues facing this country – such as the cost of improving public services and the pressure on pay from high housing costs.

Whatever happens with the strike, it is a sign of the pressure on pay which the Government is going to face in the run-up to the end of current public sector pay agreement runs in 2020 and which now faces employers in Ireland in general.

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