Irish nurse goes viral after sharing pay slip as strikes loom

Irish nurse goes viral after sharing pay slip as strikes loom

AN IRISH nurse’s tweet has gone viral after she shared an image of her pay slip for two weeks’ work.

Joanna Hickey shared the image of her pay for a fortnight, which she claims is ‘near the top of the scale wages’.

The image suggests that her net pay as an intensive care unit nurse for the period was just €1,120.80 (£1,000, $1,285).

“And if I work weekends and nights away from my child & partner I might make an extra €100,” she added.

In follow-up tweets, Hickey outlined just some of the responsibilities of her role, including caring for patients with traumatic brain injuries and helping families deal with social services.

Her post, which has been liked and shared hundreds of times, comes after the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) announced a 24-hour strike over poor staffing levels.

The organisation says the HSE has been unable to recruit and retain enough nurses and midwives on current wages.

Following Hickey’s tweet, people were eager to show their appreciation for her hard work and that of other health professionals in Ireland.

According to the INMO website, the starting salary for a registered nurse or midwife is €29,056.

The organisation has said nurses and midwives will go on strike for 24 hours on January 30, as low wages will only prolong understaffing ‘and patient care will be compromised’.

Should the dispute go unresolved, there will be further 24-hour strikes on February 5 and 7 and then on February 12, 13 and 14.