Tuesday 15 October 2019

Up to 500 ambulance staff to strike in row over trade union representation

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Around 500 ambulance staff will strike from tomorrow morning in the ongoing row over the right to trade union representation.

Members of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) will strike from 7am to 5pm.

They want the HSE to deduct their union subscriptions from their pay.

But the HSE is refusing on the grounds that “recognition of other associations or unions would undermine the positive engagement that exists and would impair good industrial relations in the National Ambulance Service.”

Contingency arrangements are in place to ensure service tomorrow and army paramedics are being drafted in.

HSE ambulance service managers are also to take on frontline duties.

SIPTU which represents most staff has confirmed that it expects its members to work as normal.

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