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AMBULANCE SERVICE PERSONNEL TO BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN PROTEST AT HSE REFUSAL TO DEDUCT UNION SUBSCRIPTIONS FROM PAYROLL

A general meeting of ambulance service personnel (members of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association -NASRA) , has  unanimously agreed to ballot for industrial action, up to and including strike action, in response to the continued refusal of the HSE to facilitate payroll deductions of union subscriptions for new NASRA members. The ballot will commence this Friday.

Mr Peter Hughes, the General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), of which NASRA is a union branch, said the decision is a response to the arbitrary move earlier this year by the HSE to refuse to facilitate union payroll deductions for the growing numbers of ambulance service personnel (including paramedics advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) who wish to join NASRA, and exercise their fundamental right to organise and join the union of their choice.

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Photos from NASRA Tullamore protest

NASRA members turned out in force at the National Ambulance Services Central Payroll H.Q. in Tullamore, Co Offaly to protest at the continued refusal of the HSE to facilitate payroll deductions of union subscriptions for NASRA members.

Tony Gregg, National Secretary of NASRA, said the protest was an expression of the deep frustration and anger among the growing numbers of NASRA members nationally that their fundamental rights to organise and join the union of their choice were being obstructed by the HSE.

Thanks to all NASRA members for their support and solidarity for the protest.

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PARAMEDICS PROTEST AT HSE REFUSAL TO DEDUCT UNION SUBSCRIPTIONS FROM PAYROLL AND SAY MOVE IS A CHALLENGE TO RIGHTS OF NASRA MEMBERS

Paramedics (members of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association -NASRA) today, (Thursday 8 th February), mounted a protest at the National Ambulance Services Central Payroll H.Q. in Tullamore, Co Offaly at the continued refusal of the HSE to facilitate payroll deductions of union subscriptions for NASRA members.

Tony Gregg, National Secretary of NASRA, said today's protest was an expression of the deep frustration and anger among the growing numbers of NASRA members nationally that their fundamental rights to organise and join the union of their choice were being obstructed by the HSE.

Mr Gregg said NASRA is now seven years in existence, and in that time it has represented scores of members in industrial relations and grievance cases with the HSE, and the Workplace Relations Commission.

‘The work of NASRA is being recognised by ICO paramedic and advanced paramedic grades throughout the country who are exercising their basic rights to organise and associate by joining the union in growing numbers.  By denying the simple facility of automatic payroll deductions of union subscriptions the HSE is denying these fundament rights to paramedics. This is a blatant attempt to frustrate the wish of paramedics to join NASRA and with today's protest we are saying that we will not tolerate this action by the HSE.'

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Trolley crisis has increased pressure on ambulance service

Michael Dixon, NASRA Chairman discussed the stress on the ambulance service during the hospital over- crowding crisis on RTEs Morning Ireland.

You can listen to the interview here

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9_21298310_48_11-01-2018_

NASRA Frontline Newsletter

You can read the latest Winter 2017 edition of the NASRA FRONTLINE Newsletter HERE.

It has been a busy year for the union,and there are plenty of issues to be addressed in the New Year.

Meanwhile, we wish all our members a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year.

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