Saturday 24 August 2019

Further strikes in ambulance service loom

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Dean Gray

Further ambulance strikes are looming as a row between the Psychiatric Nurses Association and HSE shows no signs of abating.

More than 500 ambulance service staff with the PNA took part in a 24-hour strike which was due to finish at 7am today.

The row is centred on union recognition - the PNA is recognised by the HSE but its ambulance service branch is not. There have been a series of shorter strikes in recent months and according to the PNA, further dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

PNA general secretary Peter Hughes said: "This is not a breakaway union and therefore we believe the HSE should negotiate with us in relation to ambulance personnel members."

He said it is about "ambulance members being allowed to join the union of their choice".

The HSE argues the national ambulance service already recognises Siptu, Unite and Fórsa for its staff.

Irish Independent

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