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Dear Colleagues,

This week the trade union that hold your negotiation rights have signed an agreement on your behalf concerning AP deployment. This agreement along with the agreement on the Intermediary Care Service has been made without any form of consultation with any member of the Ambulance Service. There has not been one meeting organised to debate these issues in order to gather collectively the opinion of members, there has not been one single ballot box produced in any station in any part of the country to obtain a clear mandate for discussion with the employer on any of these issues, in fact Siptu and the Iarc have consistently ignored the fundamental principles of representation for a very long time to date. Not one of the other unions, Impact or Unite who are involved in the making of these agreements, have objected in any manner, to these agreements. They are by association with the union who commandeer your negotiation rights guilty of ignoring the fundamental principles of the trade union movement. These agreements are being made by unions who have demonstrated a total disregard for the opinion of Paramedics of the National Ambulance Service. This not withstanding the fact that these negotiations are being conducted by officials who have consistently failed to understand the essence of the profession of the Paramedic.

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Following a recent inquiring by a Branch officer in Limerick about the National Ambulance Services status as an Emergency service or an essential service please see response from Minister James O'Reilly Dept of health.

Dr. Ed Walsh, Prof Ecomonics, University of Limerick while speaking on the Damien Kibred show, 22/08/11, Newstalk 106 -108fm stated  “ the economic situation in this country is unlikely to improve because this country pays ambulance drivers more than junior consultants in Finland”

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Please see list below detailing all information circulars which we have sent from Head Office to all members who provided us with an email address at the time of filling in their application form.

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NASRA union to resist attacks on pay and conditions

A series of important meetings for the future of frontline ambulance personnel in the South East Division of the National Ambulance Service take place this week in Dungarvin, Kilkenny and Waterford, as part of a new national recruitment drive by the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA), as it prepares to step up its campaign to resist cutbacks in pay and improve working conditions for it members throughout the country.

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Yes We Can !  - Anybody working in the Ambulance Service who would be interested in learning to play bagpipes or drums are welcome.

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Article from The Star Tuesday 16th August 2011

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The National Ambulance Service Representative Association have requested a meeting with the Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly with a view to member's of NASRA being appointed to the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council under S.I. No.109 of 2000.

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