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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
50 – 58 Lower Baggot Street,
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.
Relation to both these meetings the following issues were outlined going forward.
This issue is a contractual issue; however a clear and transparent record must be enforced in order that the “payments of wages act 1991” is not breached. All out of roster hours is regarded as overtime and is to be paid at the appropriate rate.
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NATIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICE TRANSFER POLICY
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FAQ's about NASRA
1 ; How valid is nasra as a trade union?
Nasra is a fully bone fide trade union registered with the association of friendly societies and as such is a valid trade union, we are recognised as a trade union by the employer because of our bone fide registration. The issue of recognition is not a legitimate argument but instead school yard semantics. People have confused recognition of Nasra by the HSE with the HSE's refusal to talk to Nasra.
2; what representations have Nasra made on behalf of their members & what were the outcomes relating to these issues?
Nasra have represented their member's at local line management, senior management, HR Department, superannuation Department , Health and safety authority, PHECC and the Department of health. We have several cases pending with the LRC ,and are currently involved with all of the above agencies including HR and HSA and all of our Nasra representation regarding issues with member's are either on going or have been successful for obvious reasons with regard to personal issues details of particular cause cannot be disclosed in relation to pending issues, exposure may compromise these cases with the relevant bodies.
Dear NAS Student,
Congratulations on choosing the exciting career in Pre-Hospital care. You have embarked on a journey that will be both exciting and rewarding. However you may encounter many difficulties and problems on this journey and that is when you may need the extensive services and expertise that membership of NASRA provides. The National Ambulance Service Representative Association endeavours to provide a highly professional and comprehensive Industrial Relations package as well as a myriad of other benefits to its members.
The aspirations of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association
are based on the idea of industrial and social justice. It is our intention to achieve conditions denied to our members which have been historically enjoyed by our colleagues operating in the same arena for many years. It is our policy to pursue the following goals:
The aspirations of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association are based on the idea of industrial and social justice. It is our intention to achieve conditions denied to our members which have been historically enjoyed by our colleagues operating in the same arena for many years. It is our policy to pursue the following goals: