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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today  (Weds. 25 th July) announced that it will hold a ballot of members of its ambulance service personnel branch (the National Ambulance Service Representative Association NASRA)  for industrial action , up to and including strike, 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 HSE refusal to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions as it does with other unions throughout the health services.

Today's decision to re-ballot NASRA members  follows the cancellation of industrial action  by NASRA yesterday (July 24 th ) as the result of a threat issued last week by the HSE to seek an injunction to prevent  all industrial action by the  NASRA/ PNA branch.

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.'

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.

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.

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.'

Michael Dixon, NASRA Chairman discussed the stress on the ambulance service during the hospital over- crowding crisis on RTEs Morning Ireland.

You can listen to the interview here

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9_21298310_48_11-01-2018_

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.

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