30th January, 2019
ALMOST 200 ATTEND UCD STUDENTS' UNION STAND WITH US STUDENT RALLY
Today, 30 January 2019, UCD Students' Union rallied with almost 200 Nursing student reps, nursing teaching staff and our Students' Union Officers who all spoke about the importance of supporting nurses and midwives and showed our solidarity with those striking today.
UCD Students' Union support our nursing and midwifery students and their colleagues who are striking.
Thomas Monaghan, Campaigns and Communications Officer, UCD Students' Union said;
'We all know someone who has been through the healthcare system. We all know someone works as a nurse, it could be an auntie, an uncle, a neighbour or a friend. We all know the incredible work they put in each and everyday. The care they give, the lives they save and how unbelievably valuable they to the people of Ireland. Nobody should be made feel the way nurses do at work. Every worker deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Fair wages, decent hours and a good night's sleep.'
Melissa Plunkett, Welfare Officer, UCD Students' Union said;
'It is great to see future nurses and midwives standing in solidarity with their peers and colleagues today. The government must take notice before any more of our family and friends are forced to travel abroad because of the unfair conditions we have here in Ireland. As student midwife I am hopeful that we can change our health system for the better and it will be safer for both staff and patients.'
Stephen Crosby, Education Officer, UCD Students' Union said;
'Today almost 200 student nurses and midwives rallied at UCD to support their INMO comrades striking across the country. UCD Student Nurses and Midwives contribute so much to the Irish healthcare system under poor working conditions and low pay if any at all. Many face the prospect of being forced to travel abroad to find well paid and safe work. UCDSU stands fully behind nurses and midwives in their strike action and calls on the government to rapidly improve pay conditions and implement policies to increase staff retention.
'Safe staffing, Saves lives'
'Over worked, Unperpaid'
'Fair Wages, Fair work'
'Stand with nurses, Stand with Midwives'