• A two day strike by ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association gets underway this morning.

    500 members will take part in the industrial action between 7am and 5pm today and tomorrow, in their ongoing row with the HSE over union recognition.

    It follows two previous strike dates on January 22nd and February 15th.

  • 500 ambulance personnel around the country are half way through a ten-hour strike this lunchtime.

    Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association walked off the job this morning in a row with the HSE over union recognition.

    The dispute centres on the HSE's refusal to recognise the PNA's ambulance personnel branch NASRA.

    The HSE says engaging with yet another union will impair good industrial relations within the National Ambulance Service, while PNA members in the ambulance service are pursuing their right to be represented by the union of their choice.

    Back-up plans are in place to deal with emergencies during today's strike and army personnel are on standby.

    A number of PNA members are on strike today outside the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar.

  • Ambulance workers are holding a fifth day of industrial action at stations across the country today, including Castlebar.

    Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association are on strike since 7 o'clock this morning and will remain on the picket line until 5pm this evening.

    They're continuing to call for the right of personnel to be represented by a union of their choice.

    Peter Hughes is the PNA General Secretary and he told Midwest News this morning that a 6th day of industrial action is planned for next week if the HSE continues to fail to respond to members request.

  • Efforts to avert a strike by the country's nurses have ended without a resolution.

    Talks took place earlier between The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the Psychiatric Nurses Association and the HSE, to try and reach agreement on issues surrounding pay and conditions.

    The unions say they weren't presented with concrete proposals and the strike action goes ahead.

    Another meeting between the sides is planned for next Monday.

    The INMO will hold the first of six nationwide 24-hour strikes on January 30th, while the PNA is planning a three day stoppage from February 12th.

  • Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) held a protest at Leinster House on Wednesday 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 7am to 5pm each day.

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

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has voiced her support for NSARA in their continuing campaign. She has also spoken to Minister for Health Simon Harris about the issue.

    She says the staff members represented by NASRA have the right to be recognised by the HSE.

  • The gap between Psychiatric Nurses and the HSE "remains as wide as ever", according to their union.

    An overtime ban by the Psychiatric Nurses Association enters its second day today - as the union seeks pay improvements.

    6,000 PNA members will hold further action next week, and three days of strike action from February 12th.

    General Secretary of the PNA Peter Hughes says talks with HSE have failed to produce results.

  • PNA ambulance members are staging a second day of strike action today.

    Over 500 ambulance personnel - including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians, have walked off the job from 7am this morning until 5 pm this evening in a row over union recognition.

    The HSE has previously stated that they already recognise a number of unions representing ambulance workers, and it believes recognising further organisations will not be good for good industrial relations.

    NASRA members are planning further strike action on Thursday the 28th of February and Friday the 1st of March.

  • For the second day in a row, strike action is underway by ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association is underway.

    500 members of the PNA's NASRA branch - including emergency medical technicians, paramedics and advanced paramedics - are taking to the picket lines in a row with the HSE over union recognition.

    General Secretary of the PNA, Peter Hughes, says members have been left with no other choice but to continue striking.

    The strike continues until 5 o'clock this evening.



  • The Psychiatric Nurses' Association will attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission on Monday.

    It's after the union suspended strike action that was due to start next week, in their ongoing recruitment and retention dispute.

    The Psychiatric Nurses Association planned 3 days of industrial action on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

    However, following an intervention from the Labour Court during yesterday's talks, the PNA's decided to suspend the strikes.

    The Court suggested the parties meet again for talks at the Workplace Relations Commission to try and sort out any outstanding issues, in the dispute over recruitment and retention.

    Both sides have now agreed to attend discussions at the WRC on Monday, ahead of returning to the Labour Court on Wednesday.

  • Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association  will strike next month in an escalating campaign of industrial action in their dispute over pay and staff shortages.

    The psychiatric nurses will initially refuse to work overtime on 31st January, or on 5th, 6th and 7th February.

    They will then escalate their industrial action to full strikes on 12, 13, and 14 February.

    95% of PNA members rejected government proposals to address recruitment and retention issues among nurses.

    This follows confirmation earlier this week from the  INMO that they will strike for 24 hours on 30 January, as well as the 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14 February unless their pay demands are addressed.

  • The Irish Patients Association says "two Croke Parks worth of patients" will be disrupted by further nurses' strikes this week.

    37 thousand members of the INMO are due to walk off the job on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as a row over pay and working conditions continues.

    The union together with the PNA is meeting government officials and the HSE in the Labour Court at the moment for further talks aimed at avoiding the industrial action going ahead.

    Stephen McMahon from the Irish Patients Association says patients' lives will be put at risk if the strikes are not averted.

  • Two days of industrial action by ambulance personnel who are members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association gets underway tomorrow morning. 

    Over 500 PNA ambulance branch members including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians will take to the picket line from 7am to 5pm on Thursday and Friday.

    This is the third day of strike action by ambulance personnel, as they call on the HSE to agree to recognise the PNA as their union of choice.