SIPTU demands HSE draw up contingency plan for looming ambulance strike

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) have demanded that the Health Service Executive (HSE) immediately draft a contingency plan that provides emergency ambulance cover for the duration of their scheduled strike which is due to begin on Wednesday, 10th August.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “Union representatives met with HSE management today (Thursday, 28th July) to discuss the long running dispute concerning the conditions of employment of ambulance workers and the future development of the service. 

“These issues include the compensation due to NAS workers under the Public Service Agreement, the implementation of a fully developed Intermediate Care Service as recommended by the Labour Court and the application of an annualised hours system.

“This was our second meeting with HSE management to discuss these issues since our members served notice of strike action. Unfortunately, the meeting did not result in enough progress being made towards finding solutions for the issues of concern. Our members remain on course to implement an all-out strike from 10th August. We are calling on the HSE to immediately enter into discussions to develop a contingency plan that ensures public safety and emergency cover for the duration of any strike action by our members.”

He added: “Our members are also deeply disappointed that the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has remained detached from this dispute and has not intervened to ensure the public has the standard of ambulance service that it deserves. Our members have presented workable solutions to the issues in dispute. They remain determined to win the fight to secure a fully resourced world class ambulance service, led by the best ambulance professionals available, with which the public can have total confidence.” 

SIPTU representatives and HSE management are scheduled to meet again on Friday, 5th August, to discuss the issues of concern for union members in the NAS.

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SIPTU meets with HSE management to discuss National Ambulance Service dispute

SIPTU representatives met with HSE management this morning (Friday, 22nd July) to discuss a dispute concerning the conditions of employment of members in the National Ambulance Service which has resulted in a vote to commence all out strike action on Wednesday, 10th August.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “We had a robust and business like engagement with representatives of the management of the HSE and NAS. At the meeting the issues facing our members were discussed and union representatives presented management with the solutions to them. A management assurance that it intends to resolve these issues in a timely fashion was noted.

“However, management must work hard to provide our members with the confidence that the outstanding issues will be resolved in a manner that is satisfactory for them and the public they serve.”

Irish Ambulance Representative Council representative and SIPTU member, Hillary Collins said: “As a result of today’s meeting we expect a positive response to come from the HSE concerning the issues that resulted in our members voting to take all out strike action. We look forward to engaging further with management next week with a view to finally resolving all the outstanding matters.

The issues in dispute include the compensation due to NAS workers under the public service agreement, the implementation of a fully developed Intermediate Care Service as recommended by the Labour Court and the application of an annualised hours system.

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service serve notice of all out strike action

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) have served notice of all out strike action from Wednesday, August 10th, at 8.00 a.m., in a dispute related to their conditions of employment. The move follows a ballot earlier this month in which SIPTU members in the NAS voted by 92% to 8% in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike action.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell said: “This action is regrettable but our members feel they have no option. NAS management has failed to adequately engage with our members on a number of issues. These include compensation due to them under the public service agreement, the implementation of a fully developed Intermediate Care Service as recommended by the Labour Court and the application of an annualised hours system.” 

He added: “We are calling on the Minister for Health to instruct the HSE and the NAS management to engage with SIPTU representatives in order to protect and develop a key public health service. SIPTU representatives remain available for meaningful discussions on the issues in dispute.An emergency service will be provided by our members over the strike period.”

Irish Ambulance Representative Council chairman, Peter Ray, said: “The decision to implement all out strike action clearly indicates our members’ frustration at how they have been treated and the failure of senior management to listen to our concerns. In recent years, our members changed work practices and achieved significant cost savings so that the NAS could develop within the financial constraints placed upon it by the wider economic recession. Our members have not received any recognition for the sacrifices they made.”

He added: “It is time for senior management at the HSE to deliver improved terms and conditions and a fully resourced service that is of a standard that the public deserves.

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SIPTU members in National Ambulance Service vote overwhelmingly for industrial action

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) have voted by 92% to 8% to implement industrial action in a dispute related to their conditions of employment in a ballot counted this morning (Monday, 27th June) in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell said: “Unfortunately, our members have no option but to implement a campaign of industrial action. NAS management has also failed to adequately engage with our members concerning the implementation of a fully developed Intermediate Care Service, as recommended by the Labour Court, or in relation to the application of an annualised hours system. 

“SIPTU organisers will now consult with our workplace representatives on what industrial action to implement with the aim of causing the least impact on the public. However, the Minister for Health and the HSE are now on notice that we cannot guarantee that certain ambulance services will not be disrupted or suspended during the period of industrial action.” 

He added: “The message from our members is loud and clear. They are calling on the Minister to instruct the HSE to engage in meaningful negotiations to protect and develop a key public health service on which our communities rely for 365 days a year.”

Chairman of the Irish Ambulance Representative Council, Peter Ray, said: “Following our members’ overwhelming decision to back industrial action senior management at the HSE must focus on constructively dealing with the issues in dispute.

“The ballot result clearly indicates our members’ frustration at how they have been treated and the failure of senior management to listen to their concerns. In recent years, our members changed work practices and achieved significant cost savings so that the NAS could develop within the financial constraints placed upon them by the wider economic recession.

“Our members have not received any recognition for the sacrifices they have made. It is now time for senior management at the HSE to deliver improved terms and conditions as well as a fully resourced service that is of a standard that the public deserves.

SIPTU members in national ambulance control centre suspend industrial action

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service control centre in Tallaght, Dublin 24, have tonight (Monday, 20th June) suspended a work-to-rule industrial action in order to allow for discussions with senior HSE management concerning staffing levels and payment rates.

SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley said: “Today, senior management in the HSE provided our members with a written assurance concerning the implementation of agreements in relation to staffing levels and payment rates.

“Following a meeting of SIPTU members in the control centre this evening it was decided to suspend the industrial action for a period, to allow discussions on the implementation of these agreements to commence.”

SIPTU members in national ambulance control centre to discuss management letter

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service control centre, in Tallaght, Dublin 24, will meet with union representatives this evening (Monday, 20th June) to discuss a written assurance received from management in relation to the implementation of agreements concerning staffing levels and payment rates.

SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley said: “Our members in the National Ambulance Service control centre began a work-to-rule industrial action earlier today. They felt they had no option but to implement industrial action due to a failure by management to fully apply agreements arrived at following negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission.”

He added: “Today, senior management in the HSE provided a written assurance concerning the implementation of these agreements. SIPTU members in the control centre will meet to discuss the letter this evening. It will be up to the workers to consider whether the assurances from HSE management will have any impact on the ongoing dispute.”

The work to rule industrial action by SIPTU members affects non-emergency duties within the control centre.

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SIPTU members begin industrial action in national ambulance control centre

SIPTU members began a work to rule industrial action at the National Ambulance Service control centre, in Tallaght, Dublin 24, today (Monday, 20th June), in a dispute concerning staffing levels and payment rates.

SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley said: “It is regrettable that our members were left with no option but to implement a work-to-rule industrial action. This dispute results from a failure to fully implement a number of agreements arrived at following negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission regarding staffing levels, the filling of permanent vacancies, payment of correct pay rates and retention of emergency call takers within the centre.”

He added: “Our members in the National Ambulance Service control centre provide a vital service in sometimes stressful conditions. However, these highly skilled emergency call takers have a starting annual wage of just above €21,000. The work to rule industrial action by SIPTU members affects non-emergency duties within the control centre.”

 

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National Ambulance Service Ballot Update

The national ballot for strike action in the National Ambulance Service will close on Friday the 24th of June 2016. 

The counting of the ballot will take place in Liberty Hall Dublin on Monday the 27th of June 2016 at 11am. Results will be posted in the afternoon. 

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SIPTU reschedules industrial action in National Ambulance Service control centre

SIPTU members have rescheduled the start date for industrial action in the National Ambulance Service control centre in Tallaght, Dublin 24, to Monday, 20th June, in order to allow time for negotiations and the finalisation of contingency plans.

SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley, said: “The dispute at the National Ambulance Service control centre involves the non-implementation of a number of agreements arrived at following negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission regarding staffing levels, the filling of permanent vacancies, payment of correct pay rates and retention of emergency call takers.

“SIPTU members met with management last week and called on them to deliver on these agreements. The workers have gone through a long and arduous engagement process to try to resolve this dispute but are willing to re-engage with management if senior decision-makers are involved in the process.  Our members see this as crucial as commitments given by management to date have not been honoured on several occasions.”

He added: “If management does not engage in serious negotiations, SIPTU members will implement a work-to-rule beginning on Monday, 20th June. This action will affect non-emergency duties carried out by staff within the control centre.”