More than 3,000 Irish student nurses demonstrated on Wednesday in Dublin against the elimination of pay for pre-registration nurses and midwives.
The Irish government plans to remove payments currently received by fourth year students from 2015.
The protest involved members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union.
SIPTU’s National Nursing Official Louise O’Reilly said: “We cannot and we will not allow the elimination of pay for men and women who are providing vital frontline services.
“Our Union SIPTU is 101 years old – we have fought many battles with employers who have sought to downgrade the terms and conditions of our members but I have to tell you it is a new low for the government to attempt to force men and women to work for nothing.”
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