Created: Wednesday, 06 March 2019 20:22
The branch committee representing ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Weds. March 6 th .) agreed that a protest will be held outside Dáil Éireann on Wednesday 27 th of March from 12 midday to 2 p.m.
This protest is part of the ongoing campaign by PNA ambulance service members in demand of the right to be represented by the union of their choice, a right being denied by the HSE.
The March 27 th protest follows on from four days of strike to date by PNA ambulance personnel members. Further strike dates will be confirmed in the coming week.
Media Contact : Derek Cunningham 086-2430535
Created: Saturday, 16 February 2019 08:09
Today, representatives from the PNA attended the Labour Court in relation to our ongoing recruitment and retention dispute.
At this hearing the issues were discussed and the membership of the court were informed of the positions of both parties
Following this, it became apparent to the court that there continues to be a need for further engagement between the union and the employer.
The court suggested that the parties re-engage under the auspices of the WRC in order to resolve any outstanding issues prior to returning to the court.
Both parties have now agreed to re-engage with the assistance of the WRC on Monday 18 th February prior to a reconvening of the Labour Court on Wednesday 20 th February.
At this point in time no agreement has been reached between the parties that would resolve the recruitment and retention crisis within the mental health services.
We hope that further engagement will rectify this.
Following a request to suspend our strike action in order to facilitate the completion of this process, the strike action planned for February 19 th , 20 th and 21 st is now suspended.
We will provide further updates as the process progresses.
Peter Hughes, General Secretary
Created: Monday, 04 February 2019 16:46
Monday, 4 th February, 2019 : The Officer Board of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) met today (Monday) and agreed that the planned overtime ban to take place this week on 5 th , 6 th and 7 th February will be escalated on Wednesday 6 th, and Thursday, 7 th to a full 24 hour ban to include overnight rosters. Tomorrow's (Tuesday 5 th February) ban will remain as a daytime overtime ban. The action will apply to adult mental health services.
Peter Hughes, PNA General Secretary, said this week's action by psychiatric nurses was going ahead in the absence of any meaningful engagement or proposals from the Government to address the recruitment and retention crisis in nursing. He said the extension of the overtime ban to overnight on Wednesday and Thursday would unfortunately show the reliance of mental health services on overtime , despite the repeated assurances from Government that there is no substantive issue with understaffing and recruitment and retention in mental health nursing.
A joint PNA, INMO Rally of Nurses will be held this coming Saturday , February 9 th commencing at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square at 12.30 p.m. Both unions are calling on the public to use the occasion to show their support for nurses.
Media Contact : Derek Cunningham 086-2430535
Created: Friday, 18 January 2019 15:08
The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Friday 18th January) that the refusal of the HSE to respond to invitations from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to talks to find a resolution to the dispute on the right of 500 PNA ambulance personnel to be members of the union is irresponsible, and a flagrant abdication of HSE's responsibility to engage in resolving this legitimate dispute.
PNA ambulance personnel members will hold a one-day national strike on next Tuesday (Jan 22 nd .) in pursuit of their demand to be members of, and represented by, the union of their choice.
PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said the HSE has now ignored two requests from the WRC to attend talks to find a resolution to the dispute, which commenced with phased industrial action last November.
‘For the HSE to refuse to attend WRC talks and continue to attempt to resolve this dispute through their lawyers is irresponsible in the extreme, and goes against all standards of good industrial relations. Highly professional and dedicated ambulance personnel find themselves forced to the brink of a national strike because of an incomprehensible stand by the HSE to try to deny them the right to be members of the union of their choice, and to force them to be members of a union that they have repeatedly shown they do not want to be members of.'
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Created: Monday, 17 December 2018 11:56
Monday 17 th December 2018: Psychiatric nurses – members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association PNA – have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike action, in protest at the continued failure of the government to bring forward realistic proposals to address the recruitment and retention crisis in nursing. Nurses vote 95% in favour of industrial action in the ballot, which followed the rejection by the PNA of the totally inadequate proposals by the Public Pay Commission Report in September to address the recruitment and retention issue.
PNA will now reflect on the ballot outcome and present a plan for industrial action to a meeting of the PNA Board, which meets on January 10 th next.
PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes called on the Department of Health and the HSE to engage with the PNA to resolve the recruitment and retention crisis and avert the need for industrial action.
Media Contacts: Derek Cunningham (086-2430535), Peter Hughes (087-2103514)