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  • Ambulance workers from the Psychiatric Nurses Association say they've been left with no choice but to go on strike.

    500 of them have begun a 24 hour walkout across the country as part of a dispute over union recognition.

    The workers will still deal with emergencies and the HSE says all calls are being responded to.

    Bertie Dowling is an advanced paramedic in Mayo and he told Midwest News that there has been no movement in this dispute.

    “It’s just about Union recognition, we just want our union to represent us,” said Mr Dowling.

    “They won’t even tell us the reasons why they won’t talk to us.”

  • 6,000 psychiatric nurses will resume their ban on working overtime tomorrow.

    It's after talks to resolve a dispute between the Psychiatric Nurses Association and the HSE broke down last night.

    The dispute centres on the recruitment and retention of mental health staff and has been ongoing for over 5 months.

    A spokesperson for Health Minister Simon Harris said he wanted unions to come back to the negotiating table, and try to avoid disruption for patients.

    The PNA's Peter Hughes claims the decision to restart the overtime ban is down to the lack of effort from management to resolve the issue.

  • 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.

  • Ambulance members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association are holding the first of a series of 24 hour strikes today.

    There have been six previous 10 hour strikes, as part of a long running campaign over trade union representation rights.

    The ambulance branch of the PNA, the National Ambulance Service Representative Association, is not recognised by the HSE.

  • Over 500 ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), including members in this region, will strike for 24 hours from 2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, 19th July) in pursuit of their demand for the right to be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice

    This is the second 24-hour PNA ambulance branch strike throughout the country, involving paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians, and will remain in place until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

    Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary told Midwest News today that his members are not prepared to surrender their right to be members of, and represented by the union of their choice. 

  • 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.

     

     

  • For a second successive day, psychiatric nurses are refusing to work overtime in a dispute with the HSE over recruitment and retention of staff in mental health services.

    The action is impacting on community services across the West, according to the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

    The PNA says nurses are frustrated that little or no progress has been made in talks to try and resolve the crisis, while the HSE says the overtime ban will have a significant impact on mental health services.

     Rory Kavanagh - Industrial Relations Officer with the PNA in this region - says the action shows that many services in Connacht are dependent on their members working overtime to fill vacancies .

     

     

  • 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.

  • An overtime ban was suspended yesterday after talks between Psychiatric Nurses' Association and the HSE.

    Progress made in the recruitment of nurses, but the focus will turn to allowances in more discussions next week.

    The PNA's Peter Hughes says there remains a threat of more industrial action.

  • 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.

  • 6,000 members of the Psychiatric Nurses' Association will begin an overtime ban today in a dispute with the HSE.

    The union says it's in response to a lack of meaningful progress in talks at the Workplace Relations Commission over recruitment and retention issues in mental health services.

    The PNA says nurses are frustrated that they must revert to working only contracted hours, having suspended their strike action 5 months ago on the understanding that the HSE was ready to offer solutions to address the crisis, but the union says little progress has been made since on staff shortages.

    Earlier this week, Health Minister Simon Harris said today's action will have a negative impact on the delivery of care for patients, while PNA general secretary Peter Hughes says the lack of effort made by the HSE to address their concerns means they are to blame for today's action:

  • 6,000 psychiatric nurses across the country will begin industrial action this evening.

    The Psychiatric Nurses' Association says its members will work only their contracted hours because of health management's failure to address a recruitment and retention crisis.

    The PNA says the overtime ban will continue until the issue is resolved.

    The HSE says it's putting measures in place to manage the situation, but has warned they may have to reduce the availability of services in the community, in order to maintain services in acute psychiatric units.

    HSE spokesman, David Walsh, is calling on the PNA to take part in talks at the Labour Court in an effort to resolve the dispute:

  • The board of the Psychiatric Nurses Association is meeting today to consider the progress of recent talks in its ongoing dispute with the HSE.

    Both parties have held discussions over the past week, with a view to resolving recruitment and retention issues.

    Last week, the union deferred its ban on overtime.

    During the action, 6,000 members refused to work more than their contracted hours last Thursday and Friday.

  • The Psychiatric Nurses Association says it plans to 'escalate' its current dispute with the HSE if a solution isn't found.

    Over 500 ambulance service staff with the union are in the middle of a 24 hour strike in a row over union recognition.

    The PNA is recognised by the HSE, but not its ambulance service branch.

    General Secretary of the PNA, Peter Hughes, says they aren't afraid to take things further.