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: Thursday, 20 December 2018 07:40
Bursaries for Horatio European Psychiatric Nursing Festival Wishing to Attend
5TH HORATIO FESTIVAL OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING
“Participatory Mental Health”
Copenhagen Denmark May 9.th-12.th 2019
For those wishing to attend - Closing Date: Friday February 1st , 2019
This year the Union will continue its sponsorship of Members to attend the European Festival organised by Horatio and the Danish Nurses Association, having done so previously for events in Faroe Islands, Lisbon, Malta, Istanbul, Stockholm, Prague etc.
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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)
Created: Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:49
The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Thursday , 13th Dec.) that the planned one day strike by PNA ambulance personnel members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) which was to take place on Wednesday 19th December has been deferred to Tuesday 22nd January .
PNA is now seeking an urgent referral to the WRC on both the substantive issue of the continued refusal by the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing its ambulance branch, and the refusal of the HSE to negotiate contingency plans for industrial action by ambulance personnel.
Created: Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:18
Thursday, 29 th Nov.: The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Thurs. 29 th Nov.) that its ambulance personnel members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) will hold a one day national strike on Wednesday 19 th December in pursuit of their right to be represented by the trade union of their choice.
The one-day national strike by the PNA's 500 ambulance personnel members is the third phase of industrial action which commenced on October 10 th in protest at the continued refusal by the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing its ambulance branch, or to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions for PNA ambulance personnel members. The national strike will commence at 7 a.m. on Wednesday 19 th . December and run until 5 p.m. that day.
PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said the strike was a serious escalation in a dispute which is entirely of the HSE's making and which PNA have repeatedly asked the HSE to resolve.
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