SIPTU nursing and midwifery members, working across acute hospital settings, will vote on a recent Labour Court recommendation once full details of a new contract for nurses and midwives is negotiated. The decision follows a meeting today (Friday, 22nd February) of the SIPTU Nursing and Midwives Sector Committee in Liberty Hall, Dublin. SIPTU Nursing Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis, said: “Our committee met today to discuss in detail the recommendation of the Labour Court. The committee acknowledged that a central part of the negotiation is a new contract of employment for an enhanced nurse practitioner. The specific details of this contract are to be negotiated over the next number of weeks. Having fully considered the recommendation, it was the view of the committee that such an important adjustment to terms and conditions requires the establishment of the full facts so that members can be best positioned to vote in a ballot to accept any proposed changes.” SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said:  “Our national committee confirmed that any ballot on the recommendation will not proceed until all aspects of the revised contract is concluded with the employers.  Ultimately, we believe that our members must have the final say when it comes to any change to terms and conditions.”