PNA ambulance staff

  • Ambulance personnel who are members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association will protest outside Leinster House this afternoon, as part of their campaign to be represented by the union of their choice.

    PNA ambulance personnel have already staged strikes at a number of ambulance bases in Co Mayo in recent weeks in their dispute with the HSE over union recognition.

    The NASRA branch of the PNA represents upto 500 ambulance staff, but the HSE has refused to recognise the union for negotiating purposes.

    This afternoon's protest outside the Dáil will mark a new campaign of escalating industrial action, with two 24-hour strikes scheduled to take place in the coming weeks - once in the week beginning 27th May, and the second the following week.


  • Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) meeting  in Mullingar today agreed to escalate their industrial action with a rolling series of 24 hour strikes in pursuit of their right to join and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice.

    Dates for the series of 24- hour national ambulance strikes will be confirmed at the PNA Annual Delegate Conference on May 2nd.  PNA ambulance personnel will also mount a second protest at Dail Eireann on May 15th.

    Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary, said to move industrial action to 24- hour strikes is a clear and determined message to the HSE that the resolve of ambulance personnel to win the right to be represented by PNA, a recognised trade union with over 40 years’ experience representing workers in healthcare, is undiminished.

  • Up to 500 ambulance workers nationally are planning to strike for a sixth day today.

    The strike action will run from 7am until 5pm - as part of their campaign to be represented by the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

    PNA ambulance branch members claim the HSE is attempting to force them to be members of unions they don't want to join.

    They've warned they're prepared to escalate the strike, and have called an EGM for tomorrow week -18th April in Mullingar to consider further action. 

    Last week's strike saw PNA ambulance staff on the picket lines in Castlebar and Ballina.

    However, staff had to leave the picket line outside the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar to respond to emergency calls.