Date Published : April 18th, 2019 Published By : adminThe Psychiatric Nurses Association is holding an Extraordinary General Meeting today to decide whether to escalate its campaign of strike action over union representation rights for its members in the National Ambulance Service.
The union has already staged six 12-hour strikes so far. During this time, ambulance and medics from the Defence Forces provided cover in some areas.
Today's PNA Extraordinary General Meeting which is taking place in Mullingar will debate whether members should move from 12-hour to 24-hour stoppages, and back-to-back strikes on consecutive days.
For many years, most ambulance personnel were represented by the SIPTU, however, some members over the last few years have moved to NASRA, (National Ambulance Service Representative Association), which is affiliated to the PNA (Psychiatric Nurses Association.)
The stoppages are over a decision by the Health Service Executive not to recognise the PNA. The HSE has said recognising another union would lead to fragmentation and impair good industrial relations. It has also ceased collecting and remitting union subscriptions through the payroll system for PNA members.
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