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Friday, November 09, 2018 News / Blog

Friday, November 9 th : The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Friday, 9 th. Nov) that there has been significant disruption to ambulance services throughout the country since the implementation of an overtime ban by its 500 ambulance personnel members  on Wednesday last (Nov. 7 th ) .

The overtime ban in part of the Phase 2 of industrial action (which began on Oct.10 th ) in protest at continued refusal of the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing their interests, or to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions for PNA ambulance personnel members.

The PNA said its members are reporting that ambulance services are being stretched to the limit as the HSE has struggled to fill rosters and maintain crews in the absence of overtime from PNA members.

PNA General Secretary, Mr Peter Hughes said this escalating dispute which was  brought on by the intransigent and reckless decision by the HSE to not allow ambulance personnel to join the union of their choice, is now putting the national ambulance services under serious and potentially dangerous strain.

“The HSE has been putting a patchwork of vehicles and crews together to cover major gaps in rosters as a result of the overtime ban. It is time for this to stop, and for the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D. to instruct the HSE to get back to running our health services and stop trying to undermine the rights of ambulance personnel to be part of the PNA union.'

Mr Hughes said there have been examples all this week of ambulance services having to be cut back and curtailed because of the overtime ban. Examples include:

Wednesday

•  Redeployment of EMT crew to Cork on Wednesday to bring ambulance numbers up;

•  ICV ambulances put on Delta calls in Cork, although they are not equipped for these calls;

•  Thurles ambulance in Cork to give cover;

•  No Rapid Response Vehicles  (RRV) in Nenagh on Wednesday night;

•  No ambulance in Mallow on Wednesday night;

•  No RRV in Middleton on Wednesday night

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 News / Blog

November 6 th 2018 – Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) ambulance personnel members will from tomorrow (Weds. November 7 th ) refuse to work additional shifts (overtime) in protest at continued refusal of the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing their interests, or to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions for PNA ambulance personnel members.

The refusal of additional shifts by up to 500 PNA ambulance personnel members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) will take effect from 7 a.m. (Weds. Nov. 7 th ) when Phase 2 of the mandated industrial action commences. 

PNA General Secretary, Mr Peter Hughes said the move to Phase 2 of their industrial action by ambulance personnel represented a significant escalation in the dispute that is entirely of the HSE's making.

He said: “For highly skilled, professional and dedicated ambulance personnel to be forced by the intransigence of the HSE to embark on this overtime ban is totally unacceptable and confirms that the HSE sees no limits to the extent to which it will attempt to deny ambulance personnel their rights to join the union of their choice while also trying to force them to be part of a union that they do not want to be part of.”

Thursday, November 01, 2018 News / Blog

 

Dublin, 1 November 2018 – Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) ambulance personnel members today (Thursday, November 1 st ) held a protest at the HSE National HR Directorate Offices at Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8, at the continued refusal of the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing the interests of their ambulance personnel members, or to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions for PNA ambulance personnel members.

Today's protest is part of ongoing industrial action by PNA ambulance personnel (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) which began on October 10 th ,  and which will move to Phase 2 next Wednesday (November 7 th ) when up to 500 branch members of the PNA ambulance personnel branch (NASRA) will refuse to work additional shifts (overtime) nationally.

Speaking at today's protest, PNA General Secretary, Mr Peter Hughes accused the HSE of showing contempt for the clear wishes of ambulance personnel to be members of and represented by the PNA.

He said: ‘For the HSE to refuse to accept that ambulance personnel throughout the country want to be members of the PNA shows total contempt for the wishes of these front line workers, who must have the right to be members of the union of their choice.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 News / Blog

PNA says HSE cannot dictate the choice of union for Ambulance Personnel

Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) in the National Ambulance Service will tomorrow (Wednesday 10 th Oct. ) commence  industrial action in protest at the continued refusal by the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing the interests of their ambulance personnel members, and the refusal to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions for ambulance personnel members.

PNA balloted members of its ambulance service personnel branch (the National Ambulance Service Representative Association NASRA) for industrial action in August and received an overwhelming  vote in favour of action up to and including strike.

Peter Hughes, General Secretary of PNA,,of which NASRA is a union branch, said 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 are not prepared to have such basic trade union rights dictated to them by the HSE.

Mr Hughes said it is baffling in the extreme as to why the HSE has chosen to confront NASRA members on this issue of fundamental workers' rights, and it can only be concluded that seven years after NASRA was formed as a branch of PNA that the HSE is attempting to stop the work and expansion of NASRA, and force ambulance personnel throughout the country to remain in another union that they do not want to be part of. 

‘This cannot, and will not be allowed to happen. NASRA was established as a branch of the PNA for ambulance service personnel and the  HSE is now attempting to stop the growth of the NASRA branch by refusing to facilitate payroll deductions of subscriptions, or negotiate with NASRA as an established branch of the PNA.'

‘The PNA once again calls on the HSE to engage with it in order to resolve these issues.'

Monday, July 09, 2018 News / Blog

Monday , 9 th July 2018

Ambulance service personnel (members of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association -NASRA) , have voted overwhelmingly for  industrial action, up to and including strike action, in protest at the  continued refusal of the HSE to facilitate payroll deductions of union subscriptions for new NASRA members. In a ballot conducted nationally over the past two weeks the members voted by nearly 98% in favour of industrial action which will now commence on Tuesday , 24 th July.

Mr Peter Hughes, the General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), of which NASRA is a union branch, said the decisive outcome of the ballot confirmed the level of anger and frustration by NASRA members at having a basic work right to join the union of their choice denied to them.

‘The message to the HSE from this outcome could not be clearer. Ambulance personnel do not accept the  arbitrary move taken  earlier this year by the HSE to refuse to  deduct union subscriptions at source 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.'

Monday, June 11, 2018 News / Blog

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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 News / Blog

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.

Friday, February 09, 2018 News / Blog

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.'

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 News / Blog

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.

Thursday, November 09, 2017 News / Blog

To all NAS Staff, Please find attached information related to the Transfer Policy for staff 2018. It is very important that you read this document carefully and fill it out appropriately.

NASRA would again like to thank all the NAS staff who attended our recent meetings in Ballinasloe and Cork.

We had a great turnout which is very encouraging as we move forward. Please keep an eye on our information outlets (Twitter, Facebook) for further information and updates.

Meanwhile, if there is any area that would like to convene a meeting then please follow the link NASRA.ie and we will set that up.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW HSE Staff Transfers (Policy NASWS 015) Notice NAS Staff