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Frontline EMTs continuing to receive incorrect payslips and ongoing issues must be resolved urgently

The ambulance branch of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), said today (Wednesday 2nd Sept) that frontline EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians ) are continuing to receive incorrect pay slips with payments missing despite assurances from the National Ambulance Service that it had resolved staff shortages in its payroll section.

PNA ambulance branch (NASRA) Secretary, Tony Gregg said that despite the NAS being aware two weeks ago of staff shortages that were impacting on the processing of payments to EMTs they did nothing to resolve the situation and were prepared to allow frontline EMT’s to go without these payments.
“These EMTs are frontline workers who have put their safety, and that of their families, on the line in responding to the Covid -19 crisis. They have shown extraordinary bravery and commitment to the health service and the community in the work they have undertaken since the start of the Covid crisis. Despite this, the HSE and the National Ambulance Service allowed the situation to develop and, because of the lack of payroll staff, EMT’s did not have their allowances or overtime processed and paid.”

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Friday 10th January 2020 - The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) ambulance personnel branch, NASRA,said today (Friday) that the current crisis in Emergency Departments with record numbers of patients waiting on trolleys, is putting  the national ambulance service (NAS) under enormous pressure, and is exposing the levels of understaffing and underinvestment in the service throughout the country.

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Wednesday 23rd October  - Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) from around the country protested at Leinster House, Kildare St. today for the fourth time in demand of their right to be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice.

Press release issued on behalf of the Psychaitric Nurses Association:

Saturday, 20 July 2019 - The Psychiatric Nurses Association Ambulance Personnel Branch reports a total disregard of contingency planning for the national ambulance service during the 24-hour strike by ambulance members of the PNA in pursuit of their demand for recognition of their union, the PNA. Reports from across the country confirm that the HSE is disregarding contingency arrangements whereby HSE managers and members of other unions who are not on strike respond to emergency calls ahead of PNA members for the duration of the strike action which commenced yesterday (Friday) at 2 pm for a 24-hour period. The PNA report that at the two ambulance service control centres for the entire country, staff have not been informed of contingency plans and the HSE is continuing to allocate emergency calls to PNA members while they are on strike.

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Thursday 18 th July - Over 500 ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) will strike for 24 hours from 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, 19 th July) in pursuit of their demand for the right to be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice

This is the second 24-hour PNA ambulance branch strike throughout the country, involving paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians, and will remain in place until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary, said once again the HSE had refused to engage in normal industrial relations protocol of agreeing contingency planning where notice is given of industrial action involving the emergency services.

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Wednesday 3 rd July - Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) will protest at Leinster House, Kildare St. tomorrow Thursday, 4 th July from 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. in their continuing campaign for their right to join, and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice.

PNA has also announced that over 500 PNA ambulance branch members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) will hold a further 24-hour national strike from 2pm Friday 19 th July to 2pm Saturday 20 th July. 

Tomorrow's Protest Rally and the 24-hour strike is yet a further stage in the determined campaign by PNA ambulance personnel members that has already involved seven days of strike.

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CAMPAIGN FOR THE RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY THE TRADE UNION OF THEIR CHOICE ESCALATES

Thursday 30 th May  - Over 500 ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA)  will strike for  24 hours from 7 a.m. Tomorrow (Friday, May 31 st )  in pursuit of their demand for the right to be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice

The first 24-hour strike throughout the country, involving paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians, will run to 7 a.m.on Saturday. In this new phase of the industrial dispute, further 24-hour strikes will follow on dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary, said once again the HSE had refused to engage in normal industrial relations protocol of agreeing contingency planning where notice is given of  industrial action involving the emergency services.

“The irresponsible approach of the HSE in relying on its lawyers to negotiate contingency planning for a 24 hour strike involving front line emergency services is unprecedented. A year and a half after moving to deny ambulance personnel the right to be represented by the PNA , the HSE appears to persist in the view that this dispute will simply ‘go away'. After six days of strike action and an escalation now to 24-hour strike, our ambulance branch members could not be clearer that the dispute is not ‘going away' and their resolve and determination to be allowed join and represented by the PNA (which has been the case since 2010) is as strong as ever.”

Media Contact: Derek Cunningham 086-2430535