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Thursday, April 18, 2019 News / Blog



Thursday, 18th April - Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) meeting in Mullingar today agreed to escalate theirindustrial action with a rolling series of 24 hour strikes in pursuit of their right to join and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice. Dates for the series of 24- hour national ambulance strikes will be confirmed at the PNA Annual Delegate Conference on May 2nd. PNA ambulance personnel will also mount a second protest at Dail Eireann on May 15th.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 News / Blog


Tuesday 9 th April - Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) will mount their sixth day of strike nationally tomorrow, Wednesday 10 th April, in their continuing campaign for their right to join, and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice. The strike action will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Meanwhile, in its ongoing campaign the PNA National Ambulance Branch will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of its members on Thursday, April 18 th in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath to consider further escalation of  industrial action.

Over 500 PNA ambulance branch members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) are determined in their campaign for the fundamental right to join and be represented by the union of their choice. The members totally reject the continued effort by the HSE to force them to be members of unions they do not want to join.

Monday, January 21, 2019 NASRA Information

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes has  written to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris deploring the refusal of the HSE to engage in talks at the WRC and calling on him to intervene in the dispute on the right of PNA ambulance personnel to be members of , and represented by, the union of their choice.

Ref: PH/EM 0119

Mr Simon Harris T.D.
Minister for Health,
Department of Health
Block 1,
Miesian Plaza,
50 – 58 Lower Baggot Street,
D02 XW14


Dear Minister Harris 

As you are aware PNA ambulance personnel members will engage in a full withdrawal of labour on the 22 nd  of January 2019 on the substantive issue of their right to be members of, and represented by, a trade union of their choice. Despite our best efforts to date the HSE have refused to engage with this union at any level on this issue except through correspondence containing threats of injunction and to include sanctions against our members through the HSE retained legal company Byrne Wallace. 

Apart from the clear abdication of responsibility by the HSE to attempt to resolve this issue by negotiation, we view their approach as a significant abuse of public funding. We note in your response to Parliamentary Questions to Deputy Claire Daly and Senator David Norris that you welcomed our deferral of this dispute to the WRC and that you prefer negotiation rather than dispute. 

Regretfully this is a realistic response not held by the HSE on this issue as demonstrated by their refusal to engage through the established industrial relations process, and their failure to date to accept the invitation to the WRC with a view to resolving this issue without the need for a withdrawal of labour. It is our view that this policy of non-communication on such a serious matter only adds to public concern regarding the provision of adequate contingencies on the day in question.  This approach by the HSE is totally unacceptable.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 News / Blog


The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Thursday , 13th Dec.) that the planned one day strike by PNA ambulance personnel members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) which was to take place on Wednesday 19th December has been deferred to Tuesday 22nd January .

PNA is now seeking an urgent referral to the WRC on both the substantive issue of the continued refusal by the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing its ambulance branch, and the refusal of the HSE to negotiate contingency plans for industrial action by ambulance personnel.