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Tuesday. 26th March - Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) will hold a protest at Leinster House, Kildare St. tomorrow Wednesday 27th March from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in their continuing campaign for their right to join, and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice.

Separately, PNA has announced that over 500 PNA ambulance branch members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) will hold two further days of strike on Tuesday 2nd April, and Wednesday 10th April from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Tomorrow’s protest, and the further strike action in April is a further stage in the determined campaign by PNA ambulance personnel members that has already involved four days of strike action on January 22nd, February 15th, 28th and March 1st.


The branch committee representing ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Weds. March 6 th .) agreed that a protest will be held outside Dáil Éireann on Wednesday 27 th of March from 12 midday to 2 p.m.  

This protest is part of the ongoing campaign by PNA ambulance service members in demand of the right to be represented by the union of their choice, a right  being denied by the HSE.

The March 27 th protest follows on from four days of strike to date by PNA ambulance personnel members. Further strike dates will be confirmed in the coming week.

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Friday 18th January) that the refusal of the HSE to respond to invitations from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to talks to find a resolution to the dispute on the right of 500 PNA ambulance personnel to be members of the union is irresponsible, and a flagrant abdication of HSE's responsibility to engage in resolving this legitimate dispute.

PNA ambulance personnel members will hold a one-day national strike on next Tuesday (Jan 22 nd .) in pursuit of their demand to be members of, and represented by, the union of their choice.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said the HSE has now ignored two requests from the WRC to attend talks to find a resolution to the dispute, which commenced with phased industrial action last November.

‘For the HSE to refuse to attend WRC talks and continue to attempt to resolve this dispute through their lawyers is irresponsible in  the extreme, and goes against all standards of good industrial relations.  Highly professional and dedicated ambulance personnel find themselves forced to the brink of a national strike because of an incomprehensible stand by the HSE to try to deny them the right to be members of the union of their choice, and to force them to be members of a union that they have repeatedly shown they do not want to be members of.'