Ennis paramedics striking for union recognition

Ennis paramedics striking for union recognition


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

As many as 500 National Ambulance Service (NAS) staff across the country, including some based in Ennis, have commenced a ten-hour strike in a row with the HSE over its failure to recognise their union.

The National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) is a branch of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA).

The PNA has said that its ambulance service members will only respond to life-threatening and potentially life-threatening calls during today’s strike which got underway at 7.00am.

The strike will continue until 5.00pm however further action is threatened if the HSE refuses to recognise NAS staff’s choice of union.

A number of NASRA members based in Ennis are also taking part in today’s action.

Last week, PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes wrote to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris deploring the refusal of the HSE to engage in talks at the WRC and calling on him to intervene in the dispute on the right of PNA ambulance personnel to be members of, and represented by, the union of their choice.

View the letter here.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.